Germany on the Brink of Political Crisis

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under pressure after talks failed on forming a coalition government in Germany.

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU)/CSU bloc and the Greens have been holding talks with FDP on forming a coalition government.

FDP leader Christian Lindner lately walked out of negotiation talks after almost four weeks of endeavors to reach an agreement.

FDP leader Christian Lindner alleged there was no ‘basis of trust’ between the parties on the table.

Mr. Linder said they don’t have a shared vision and the weeks of talks left them with “many inconsistencies, unanswered questions, and conflicts”. He added, “It is better not to rule than to rule badly. Goodbye!”

The German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said his country faced an unprecedented situation and he plans to hold talks with all the political parties.

He urged the political parties to compromise.  “Inside our country, but also outside, in particular in our European neighborhood, there would be a concern and a lack of understanding if politicians in the biggest and economically strongest country [in Europe] did not live up to their responsibilities,” the German President Steinmeier added.

 

The German chancellor Merkel said she regretted the failure to reach an agreement between the parties.

“We think we were on a path to finding a solution,” said the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Political analysts fear that the crisis has threatened the political career of the German Chancellor who has been in power for 12 years.

 BBC’s analyst Jenny Hill said, Mrs. Merkel must now fight for political survival. The leader who for so many people has represented stability now is fast becoming a symbol of crisis in the heart of Europe.”

Mrs. Merkel, however, seems skeptical about running a minority government.  “New elections would be the better path,” said the German Chancellor.

Meanwhile, Social Democrats (SPD) leader Martin Schulz again ruled out a coalition with Merkel’s CDU. Martin Schulz said, “We are not afraid of new elections.”

The political experts, however, believe Schulz might end up joining a coalition with Merkel because a new election has potentials to boost the electoral success of the anti-Islam, anti-immigrant Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) and nobody is ready to let that happen.


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