Trouble In The Heartland

OLIVER TJADEN / LAIF for TIME

MOVING ON: Traditional SPD supporters like Wolfgang Teusch, center, are being driven to the CDU

Last may Angela Teusch walked into Duisburg's central train station, where she works as a cleaner, to find her co-workers slack-jawed with incredulity. They were staring at a fresh crop of campaign posters plastered on the station's walls. They portrayed her husband, Wolfgang, a steelworker and union shop steward at ThyssenKrupp Stahl, in his silver blast-furnace smock and hard hat. The real surprise was not the larger-than-life apparition of Herr Teusch and his frayed walrus moustache, but the poster's message: an endorsement from this lifelong Social Democrat of the opposition Christian Democratic Union (cdu). "Did you see the poster? How...

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