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In the capital, the strength of the AfD could force the CDU out of the grand coalition with the SPD.
I think Juppé is really the player to watch here, because Juppé has the ability to reach far into the political center and I think that is what is going to be required.
Most likely the center-right candidate is going to face a run-off against Marine Le Pen from the far-right and what you need in that second-round run-off is that ability to win over the disappointed voters of the Socialists whose candidate is probably going to drop out in the first round.
There's no reason to assume that there will be a hostile atmosphere. They've never met before but they should get along on at least a personal level.
You could argue that the conversation about this could be different in a place like Denmark, or Sweden or the Netherlands, where you're looking at countries with well-functioning political institutions, and economies that are doing fairly well.
From the European perspective, the question of the outcome of the referendum is one thing, but I think if you take the broader picture then what the referendum shows is that you're dealing with these euroskeptic and populist parties everywhere across the continent these days and so either way, whether the U.K. stays or leaves, I think that the main takeaway here is that the days of ever closer integration are basically over.