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With Germany in crisis, Europe ponders life without Merkel

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LONDON — Germany has for decades been Europe’s pillar of stability, supporting the European Union through economic crises, pressures from immigration and the threat of a resurgent far-right.

But with Germany’s politics now in disarray — and the future of its chancellor Angela Merkel hanging in the balance — Europe risks losing its de facto leader, resulting in a power vacuum across the continent.

Europe-watchers are contemplating what protracted uncertainty in the country might mean for the E.U. and how it might fare if Merkel does not survive.

Image: German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin on Nov. 22, 2017.