To The Editor:

The crisis over government formation in Berlin has raised the possibility of fresh elections in Germany and the ripple effect of instability in the European Union. Germany held elections last September.

The breakdown in talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and potential partners has dealt a blow to a time-tested post-War model of political compromise and consensus-building.

The proof of the efficiency of the German consensus model lay in solidifying the political center-ground.

The need for a strong middle ground could not be greater than it is at this point in time.

America has moved from political compromise and consensus-building, and the result is an unstable government.

Recently the Netherlands and France averted political instability.

The outcome in Germany had appeared to be a foregone conclusion. Perhaps not.