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  1. Missy

     /  September 25, 2017

    Today was the German elections.

    Quickly on the campaigning.
    Campaigning for the election was focussed primarily on domestic issues, Brexit – and its impact on the German economy – was barely discussed, illegal immigration was discussed, but not one of the major issues according to the report on the radio.

    Polls have closed in Germany, and exit polls indicate that Merkel’s CDU/CSU party have the highest proportion of the vote with 34.7%, their coalition partner SPD has 21.4% of the vote. The surprise for many is that the exit polls are showing that the far right AfD has 13.8% of the vote, making it the first far right party to enter the German Parliament in 50 years.

    It is expected that Merkel will once again go into coalition with the SPD party, however, the Guardian are suggesting that the results this year give Merkel more options for coalition.

    However, despite the Guardian talking up possible alternative coalitions the only other viable coalition they put forward is Merkel’s party with the Greens and FDP – a pro-business party. The pro-business party coalition would be interesting however in the light of Brexit. Merkel has continually pushed for a hard line against the UK, but the business lobby groups have advocated for a deal with the UK.

    As with NZ a final result will not be known for a week or two, and therefore it may be several weeks before the make up of the Government is known.

    • Missy

       /  September 25, 2017

      The final result has not even come in and already there are violent protests by the anti-fascists in response to AfD getting into parliament.

      Interesting to note, AfD were the second largest party in former East Germany.

      The political divide between East and West Germany remains strong, and it is those from the East that feel they are suffering with recent policies and are not advancing like those from the West. Over 20 years since the Berlin Wall came down and reunification, but those that are from East Germany don’t feel their lives have improved, and some believe they are worse off.

      • Blazer

         /  September 25, 2017

        ” already there are violent protests by the anti-fascists ‘…c’est la vie.

    • Missy

       /  September 25, 2017

      SPD have confirmed they will not continue the coalition arrangement with CDU/CSU but instead enter into opposition, setting them up as the main opposition party. This only leaves Merkel the option of a three way coalition with the Greens and FDP. This is not going to be an easy term for Merkel.

  2. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  September 25, 2017

    German Election
    Germany moves to the Right
    diminishing influence of the Greens