When Ammar Alkassar, 30, a young computer scientist in Aachen in western Germany, wanted to join a political party several years ago, he scanned the list of options that, in the past, have attracted voters like him (he was born in Germany to parents who migrated from Syria), but found the Greens and the old-line Social Democrats wanting. Germany's Christian Democratic Union (cdu) is on the right of the political spectrum and has not historically been associated with the ethnic minority vote. It
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opposed full Turkish membership of the E.U., for example, and has taken a tough line on...