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Ottawa misses the point on the border

Sep 22, 2018 - The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Winfried Kretschmann, the minister-president of the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg, was rueful during an editorial board meeting at The Globe and Mail this week. Asked to explain how a racist antiimmigration party won 15.1 per cent of the vote in a 2016 state election, he admitted it was difficult to understand.

Baden-Wurttemberg, after all, is one of the economic powerhouses of Germany. A major car-manufacturing region, it has full employment, a strong middle class, low crime and a wea...