What would happen if there was a general election tomorrow? The latest polls compiled by Statista show the CDU would top polling with 27-29%, the SPD would receive 13 or 14% and the Greens 20-24%. The AfD would get 10-15%, Die Linke 6-9% and the pro-business FDP 6-9%. This would mean the grand coalition could only continue as a minority government. One of several possibilities would be a so-called Jamaica coalition between the CDU, and Greens and FDP, though talks for that collapsed in 2017 and the option would be relatively unattractive for the Greens. … [Read more...] about Germany’s political crisis: how did it start and what comes next?
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But it does have the advantage of a clear position: Unlike the JU, members of the Werteunion don't hide who they like best of the current likely leadership candidates: Merz. That doesn't necessarily improve his chances, said Boehnke, who is skeptical that Merz has enough friends in the current party hierarchy. "He needs a convincing team," he said. "If you have people like that, you better look around for more convincing friends." … [Read more...] about Merkel’s party struggles with identity crisis in wake of CDU leader’s departure
The CDU’s Julia Klöckner, who has been agriculture minister since 2018, said the party’s rejection of the AfD did not mean it would jump into the arms of Die Linke. “If you look at Die Linke’s party programme it’s societally and economically completely different to ours.” She said current members of the CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, had suffered at the hands of Die Linke’s Communist party predecessors. “Among their members still are those who put people in prisons during the GDR. I think that cannot be ignored,” she told Deutschlandfunk. … [Read more...] about Germany’s CDU wrestles with move towards far right or the left
For now, the race for the CDU leadership seems to be losing rather than gaining momentum. Two potential candidates, the youthful health minister, Jens Spahn, and the Merkel loyalist Armin Laschet, have so far declined to throw their hats into the ring. Another rumoured candidate, the Bavarian state premier, Markus Söder, has insisted he is happy to remain in his role in Munich. … [Read more...] about Fears grow that CDU crisis in Germany could spread across EU
It’s only fair at this point to turn the question around and ask: what does Europe and the world want from Germany? In a week that marked the 75th anniversary of the Dresden atrocity, this is a fraught subject. It could prove a classic case of be careful what you wish for. … [Read more...] about Germany is weakened by doubt just as Europe looks to it for a strong lead