There are signs German voters have lost confidence in Chancellor Angela Merkel, who for so long looked unassailable as Germany’s leader. Folllowing the inconclusive election in September, since which Merkel has been unable to form a government, surveys show that largely because of an anti Merkel effect, her party and its natural coalition partners have continued haemorrhaging support to the Eurosceptic Free Democrats and the anti – immigration AfD. With a second election now looking inevitable the latest opinion survey shows nearly half of respondents would like to The Chancellor her step down. That figure is a significant increase on the numbers dissatisfied with her leadership just three months ago.
In spite of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) winning most seats in September’s Bundestag elections, even with the support of the party’s Bravarian twin, the CSU, Merkel’s efforts to put together a coalition capable of running the country have so far been unsuccessful. This factor seems to be the main reason Germans are turning their backs on Merkel: According to the results of a YouGov poll commissioned by DPA and published in Die Welt, 47 percent of respondents said they wanted her to step down before the next election is held in 2021, up from only 36 percent who would have welcomed her early departure three months ago.
A mere 36 percent said she should stay on to serve her full term – if she’s re-elected, something that can only happen if she wins the votes of over half of MPs. Since the CDU has lost its majority, the search for those votes has plunged German politics into it’s biggest crisis since World War Two.
Negotiations with the Green party and the Free Democrats collapsed in November which was hardly surprising as the FDP are centre right while the Greens are extreme left wing watermelons (green on the outside, red on the inside, so the CDU is hoping an unlikely deal with the Social Democrats (SPD)to re-establish the grand coalition (and effectively turn Germany into a one party state (shades of 1933), will bear fruit. But the SPD originally ruled themselves out as coalition partners having blamed their poor election results in September on a voter backlash against the previous CDU, effectively enabling to rule without opposition. On top of this, the two parties wildly different positions on the EU. the joint European Army, Brexit and the middle east and other matters will make an agreement more unlikely than ever.
“It is not yet decided whether it makes sense to negotiate a coalition. One thing is clear: if the chancellery keeps rejecting all suggestions concerning EU reform, there will be no coalition with the SPD,” SPD Foreign Affairs spokesman Sigmar Gabriel told the Bild newspaper on Wednesday.
“It is also clear: if the CDU keeps insisting that people with public health insurance will be treated worse than those with private health insurance, again it makes little sense to talk about forming a coalition,” he added.
Merkel has led Germany since 2005, but her support has waned in recent years partly as a result of her handling of the migrant and refugee crisis, the biggest to face Europe since the Second World War. While on the campaign trail in September the Chancellor was booed by right-wing protesters who chanted “Merkel must go!”
German Election: Will Another Term For Merkel destroy German Economy
According to the latest round of opinion polling ahead of the German elections, Angela Merkel looks set to become the joint longest-serving modern German chancellor, that’s despite having been accused of “putting problems on the back burner, and staved off several attempts to indict her on treason charges for her role in the immigrant crisis. Business organisations have also raised doubts about the economic consequences of re-electing her, warning that her new term may bring “stagnation” for Germany.
Majority of Germans Favour Snap Election as Merkel Coalition Talks Stumble
There appears to be no end in sight to Germany’s crisis of democracy as the European Union’s most populous and economically powerful state continues to stumble along without an effective government. Coalition talks between Chancellor Merkel’s CDU/CSU and the left wing Greens and classical liberal Free Domocrats have stalled over irreconcilable policy demands.
Germany Sees Fourfold Rise in Terrorism-Related Cases
According to a report in the Welt am Sonntag, Germany has experienced a huge rise in the number of terror-related cases in just one year, with prosecutors having dealt with more than 900 cases so far in 2017, compared with 250 cases initiated throughout 2016. Around 700 Islamic extremists now living in Germany have been identified by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) as posing a potential terror threat.
A Week Before Election 30% Of German Voters Still Undecided
Polling companies in Germany are indicating that support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Party is still slipping with the election only one week away. More disturbingly perhaps for Hausfrau – Volkfuhere Merkel is the news that over a third of Germans are still unsure how they will vote. An opinion poll published today (15 September) on Friday showing the number of undecideds was not coming down fueled uncertainty about the kind of coalition that will emerge from an election on September 24.
Merkel Faces Crisis As German Ruling Coalition Collapses
German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a crisis in her ruling coalition after Bavarian Premier Horst Seehofer demanded she take steps to halt the tide of illegal immigrants entering the country. To have any chance of surviving, the government must present new initiatives for controlling illegal immigration, deal with the critical situation on the Austrian border …
New German Coalition in Peril as Potential Partners Clash over 200,000 Annual Migrant Limit
Reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed a proposal from coalition partner and leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer to limit the number of asylum seekers in Germany to 200,000 per year to secure a ruling coalition may be somewhat premature. Other coalition partners are not as positive on the policy.
Merkel Calls for Beginning of Coalition Talks With Greens, Free Democratic Party
German Chancellor Angela Merkel officially announced on Saturday for the first time that her conservative bloc of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party Christian Social Union (CSU) will seek to form a coalition government with the centre right Free Democratic Party (FDP) and left wing loony Greens.
German Elections: Anti – EU party AfD 3rd In Polls
Elections take place in Germany this Sunday, September 24, for the federal assembly (Bundestag) and the presidency (Chancellor). While Angela Merkel looks set to win a fourth term as Chancellor and the most likely outcome of the election is another “Grand Coalition” between Christian Democrats and Social Democrats that coalition will be a much-weakened if late polls are to be believed.
More news from September 2017
Watershed Moment In US – EU Relations, Merkel Says Europe Can No Longer Rely On America
Only hours after Donald Trump infuriated Angela Merkel and the rest of his G-7 peers by refusing to endorse the Paris climate treaty, the US President has done it again. Hausfrau Volksfuhrer Merkel has now decided Europe can no longer rely on the USA to commit military support to EU nations that do not pay their NATO subs, should they come under attack.
Brexit: Is Germany Dictating to Britain How We Will Trade With The World After-Brexit?
Germany offering Britain post-BREXIT access to the European market for an annual “fee”! Who do these sausage scoffers think they are? The German government might like to pretend otherwise but there are twenty six other EU member states involved in negotiating any post – Brexit trade agreement with the UK, and Germany is not overly popular with many of them.
Left Wing Hate Mob Protesting At G20 Turn Hamburg Into An Inferno.
Militant anarchists staged a second day of violent protests in Hamburg as the G20 summit in the city held its first sessions. According to local reports, at least 45 people have been detained and 159 police officers have been wounded in clashes. For the second day, police had to resort to water cannon to disperse protesters from various neo – fascist groups (OK, we know they call themselves anti – fascist but the pathetic little university dumbed down idiots do not understand was fascism is,) while buildings and dozens of cars were set on fire in the suburb of Altona.
EU Euronazis Raise Demand For Brexit ‘Compo’ To €100 Billion.
Tensions between the UK and Europe escalated overnight after EU negotiators increased their demand for compensation from Britain’s for the anticipated effects of Brexit to €100 billion, (You can imagine Juncker and Barnier, dressed in Mao suits, sticking little fingers in the corner of their mouth and in silly voices intoning “One – hundred – billion – Euros.) This latest attempt to bully Britain has only served to widen the divide between Brussels and London.