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How can a nation curb polarisation? Lessons India can take from Germany

But despite a strong affective politics determining the course of one of the strongest European countries today, Germany continues to escape polarisation - a lesson India and other countries can benef

Narendra Modi with Angela Merkel, India Germany

trade winds Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel in New Delhi last year. Photo: PTI

Rama Srinivasan | The Wire
Socialising in the old East German town of Halle ahead of the 2017 elections, it was easier to momentarily forget the strong anti-immigrant sentiment, representative for this part of Germany. Instead, the focus was on other factors that appeared to be derailing Angela Merkel’s long and stable governance.

A self-assured, non-German white male scholar mansplained to us the prevailing mood: an unemployed man in Dresden thinks Angela Merkel wants to be a world leader. But he wants a German leader who can resolve his immediate problems.

Like many countries in Europe, Germany too has been embroiled in the anti-immigration and

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First Published: Feb 27 2019 | 11:08 AM IST

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