Was she popular? German voters were never in favour of Kramp-Karrenbauer becoming chancellor and she had a rocky ride from the start, suffering a string of embarrassing gaffes – including a joke about gender-neutral toilets – and comments on fake news, on which she was forced to backtrack. More significantly, she failed to unite the party on its trickiest topic: migration. Divisions had been opened up by Merkel’s open-door policy on refugees in late 2015, which led to the arrival of almost a million newcomers and fuelled the rise of the AfD. As the party rowed, it lost increasing numbers of voters to both the Greens and the AfD, whose rise in eastern Germany in particular has threatened to topple the CDU as the largest conservative force. … [Read more...] about Germany’s political crisis: how did it start and what comes next?
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A similar disruption can't be discerned from the CDU's youth organization. Though the members of the Junge Union (Young Union) generally profess even more conservative views than the party's leadership, they have so far been quiet on the issue of what direction the CDU should take post-Merkel. JU leader Tilman Kuban, for example, has not offered an opinion on who he thinks should succeed Kramp-Karrenbauer. … [Read more...] about Merkel’s party struggles with identity crisis in wake of CDU leader’s departure
“It’s completely right … to say there will be no form of cooperation with the AfD, because this party does not sufficiently distant itself from positions and groups that we really can have nothing to do with,” he told Die Zeit. “At the same time the CDU ... against the backdrop of the past, is not prepared to enter a coalition with Die Linke. Now we have a situation where the AfD and Die Linke have more than 50% [of the vote] ... and a government must be enabled, if necessary a minority government, like we see in other European states.” … [Read more...] about Germany’s CDU wrestles with move towards far right or the left
Pressure is growing on Angela Merkel’s troubled Christian Democratic Union to speed up the process of finding a new leader, amid warnings from senior party members that paralysis within the party could spread across the EU when Germany assumes the rotating presidency of the council of the European Union in the second half of the year. … [Read more...] about Fears grow that CDU crisis in Germany could spread across EU
How the rest of Europe would react, in practice, to a major expansion in German military capabilities and leadership is a moot point. Poland, for one, might have serious reservations. So, too, ironically, might the French. The US would certainly not welcome it, if the focus was on building European rather than Nato capacity. … [Read more...] about Germany is weakened by doubt just as Europe looks to it for a strong lead