Lintel of a wounded and divided Europe, Germany will vote in August and September of 2017, and for the first time in its history the prospect of a grand coalition between Christian Democrats and Social Democrats seems at risk. Will Angela Merkel be able to prevent instability also reaching the center of the continent? Can the Social Democrats stop the erosion of consensus that has affected them since the Hartz reforms of Gerhard Schroeder? And what consequences might a result beyond the expectations of Alternative fur Deutschland have for the future of the Old Continent?