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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

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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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