Uncertainty flows into Germany as coalition talks fail

  • Petr Boháček
  • 20.11.2017 10:37

The Free Democratic Party (FDP) ended the month-long negotiations with the conservatives of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU/CSU) and the Greens on 19 November, thrusting political uncertainty into German politics and on the European Union reform agenda.

Next to agriculture, digitalisation or closures of coal power plants, migration remained the main obstacle. President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is expected to nominate Angela Merkel a Chancellor, who can try to form in a minority government based on ad hoc support by the Greens or Social Democrats (SPD), or call for new elections if the Bundestag votes to dissolve itself. Early elections would likely weaken the Greens and Conservatives while strengthening the far-right populist Alternative for Germany (AfD). The failure also puts the fate of Angela Merkel in doubt. Crucial EU reforms, Brexit and issues of the Union’s unity now come under more pressure with uncertainty from its biggest economy as the momentum following the election of French President Emmanuel Macron could easily falter.

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