Germany's largely benign attitude toward the EU and its institutions helps to explain the expected poor showing by the country's few far-right parties and its biggest Euroskeptic party, Alternative for Germany, which failed to make the 5-per-cent threshold that would have given it a couple of seats in the 2013 German general election


Kevin Patelscheck, a 22-year-old Berliner who works a hotel and is about to enter a hospitality management school, said he seriously considered voting for Alternative for Germany but will instead go for Ms. Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU). "I agree with them that Germany is paying too much for Europe," he said. "When countries make mistakes, it is Germany that has to pay. But they are also nationalistic and being nationalistic in Germany is only really allowed at football games."

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