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German liberal leader’s ‘midlife crisis’

Christian Lindner stumbles on after turning down a shot at power in Berlin.

BERLIN — Germans cherish few rituals more than the jaunt to the corner bakery for their daily portion of fresh rye, Brötchen and other leavened delights — so long as politics aren’t in the mix.

Just ask Christian Lindner.

Christian Lindner, chairman of Germany's liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), waits for the start of a party congress in Berlin on May 12, 2018. (Photo by TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Christian Lindner, chairman of Germany’s liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), waits for the start of a party congress in Berlin on May 12, 2018. (Photo by TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The leader of Germany’s liberal Free Democrats (FDP) triggered a firestorm this week after regaling a party congress with an anecdote about a young Arab’s visit to a German bakery.

What was meant as a real-world example of everything that’s amiss with Germany’s asylum…

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