The center-left Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to begin coalition negotiations with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union(CDU).
Germany has been going through a political deadlock ever since the September national election last year.
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political party CDU won the election but couldn’t win enough seats in the parliament to form a government.
The US government is in shutdown, Germany can't get a coalition, the UK is in shambles. I think it's time the global south started sending experts to assist these fledgling democracies
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) January 21, 2018
The result came as a shock for Angela Merkel as her party had its worst result in years in the 2017 national election.
CDU won 246 seats in the Bundestag while the SPD, also had its worst result in years, won 153 seats in the parliament.
Latest RTL poll in Germany sees SDP fall to 17% — and far right AfD only four points behind. Merkel hints at forming minority government if Schulz demands too much in coalition talks — with fresh elections in October. #nocrisis
— Andrew Neil (@afneil) January 24, 2018
Both of the major party lost seats in the parliament than the previous election.
The rise of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) scared the major political parties including CDU and SPD.
The AfD won 94 seats in Bundestag, an unprecedented success for the right-wing party turned into the third biggest political party of Germany.
In the wake of agreeing to another Grand Coalition with Merkel, Germany's Social Democrats have now dropped to 17% in the polls–after their record-low 20.5% showing in September's elections
— Michael Malice (@michaelmalice) January 24, 2018
If SPD’s coalition negotiation breakthrough leads them to form a coalition government, the AfD will turn into the main opposition party of Germany.
Ever more German socialists regret the party’s ending opposition to capitalism. As inequality and injustice undercut support for the economic system, socialists who soften its harsh edges lose across Europe. The old center cannot hold.https://t.co/pmQr2FQ2RB
— Richard D. Wolff (@profwolff) January 21, 2018
SPD has been in a coalition government with Angela Merkel’s CDU for 12 years. But the SPD leader Martin Schulz vowed not to get into another term of a coalition government with CDU after the party’s poor performance in the election.