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  A student called Kevin holds the fate of the Merkel coalition
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Feb 10, 2018 06:56pm
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AuthorKate Connolly
News DateSaturday, February 10, 2018 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionHe has been described as the babyface politician who holds Angela Merkel’s future in his hands. Some describe him as a “kamikaze” social democrat; others the biggest political talent since Gerhard Schröder.

Kevin Kühnert, a 28-year-old student from Berlin who heads the youth wing of the Social Democrats, is the most talked-about politician in Germany. If he succeeds in his plan to scotch the idea of a Grand Coalition, the fragile construct agreed on last week by Merkel’s conservatives and the left-of-centre SPD, he will simply be the man who turned German politics upside down.

Although presented to the public last Wednesday more or less as a foregone conclusion, the Grand Coalition deal is far from done. Over the next few weeks, the drama surrounding Germany’s most drawn-out coalition talks is set to continue as the SPD’s 464,000 members are invited to vote on the so-called GroKo. Kühnert is the leading face of the #NoGroKo movement, on a mission to prevent what he thinks would be a disaster for both his party and for German democracy. If he succeeds he would make history and potentially bring Merkel’s 12-year reign as Europe’s longest-serving leader crashing down.
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