The recent breakdown of the negotiations for a new coalition in Germany took many stakeholders by surprise. As our pre-elections report published in June had already predicted, putting together a coalition between the Christian Democrats, the Liberals and the Greens is a painstaking operation. The abrupt end of the preliminary talks showed that there are still limitations to political engineering, as the positions of the Greens on most issues are still too far from the ones of their potential coalition partners. Continue Reading
At a time when Europe can count less on the US and the UK, Germany becomes more important than ever in determining the future of Europe, reason for which the entire continent now has a huge stake in Berlin’s future policy orientations. After an incredible 11 continuous years in government, Merkel’s CDU is poised to win yet another round of elections in September 2017. Continue Reading
The Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, has suffered setbacks during regional elections held in Baden-Wuerrtemberg, Saxony Anhalt and Rhineland Palatinate this Sunday, while the right-populist party AfD (Alternative for Germany) gained a large amount of seats in the regional parliaments.
The German chancellor must have experienced different (Facebook-like) reactions to the news about the results of these elections. Continue Reading