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As Germany prepares for its federal elections in September, many are wondering what will come next.

Under outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany has become an indispensable nation in Europe and within the broader rules-based international order. The consensus is that she will be succeeded by someone offering more of the same. Her own anointed successor as leader of the Christian Democratic Union, Armin Laschet, is indeed running on a continuity platform.

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