In the second episode of Atlantic Anchors, Kaj and Joel measure the toll of political fragmentation in Germany. The sudden February crisis within Germany’s powerful Christian Democratic Union party serves as Kaj’s guide as he explains the forces that are straining political parties — and political bodies of all kinds — all across the West.
Joel in the meantime revisits the Munich Security Conference, which took place in mid-February. The gathering lets us look at how our leaders think about themselves and think about each other. In this case, they seemed to be walking on different planets. Joel dissects the language used by the different leaders to show just how different the topography of those two worlds is right now.