PIERPAOLO BARBIERI is the Executive Director of the Greenmantle advisory firm and senior associate at the Applied History Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of Hitler’s Shadow Empire (Harvard, 2015).
As devoid of successors as she is of challengers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will in all likelihood seek another term in next year’s federal elections. In spite of her party’s lackluster performance in regional polls this year, Merkel will win again. Her current coalition partners, the Social Democrats, have been unable to come up with a potential challenger, and the Greens are more likely to aim for sharing power with her than risk antagonizing her. By the end of that next term, Merkel will have been in office for 17 years, eclipsing even West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and