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    Merkel Faces Her Career’s Most Serious Political Crisis

    Can she hold on? After coalition talks collapsed Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing what observers say is the biggest challenge yet to her 12-year grip on power. Rather than seeking to lead a minority government or simply resigning, Merkel says she prefers snap elections that would alter the political landscape enough to allow for a new ruling coalition. Either way, there’s a sense that time could be running out for the chancellor: Even some in her own party believe “the post-Merkel era has begun.”

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