- Pawel Swidlicki: Merkel's party likely to lose ground to far right in Germany's local elections
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Pawel Swidlicki is an expert on the European Union, specializing in issues ranging from UK-EU relations and UK, German and Polish domestic politics to the refugee and migration crisis. Pawel was previously a policy analyst at the Open Europe think tank, where he wrote policy papers on "Brexit" scenarios and EU reform that helped shape government policy. The opinions expressed here belong to the author.
(CNN)Not long ago, Angela Merkel's dominant position in Germany and her status as the most influential leader in Europe seemed secure.