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Angela Merkel faces tough negotiations in coming weeks as she attempts to engineer Aaron Rodgers Authentic Jersey a governing coalition that can withstand pressure from the far right, which has swept into the Adidas Flyers Jersey German Adidas Flyers Authentic Jersey parliament Mason Crosby Jersey for Mason Crosby Authentic Jersey the first time in over five decades.The German chancellor’s centre-right Christian Democrat-led alliance took 33% of the vote in Sunday’s election – its worst result since 1949 but enough to remain the largest force in parliament.The centre-left Social Democrats – Merkel’s government partners since 2013 in a “grand coalition” – also suffered their worst post-war result, taking 21%. Alternative für Deutschland secured 13%, marking the first time in almost six decades that an openly nationalist party will enter the Bundestag.
The elections have left an unprecedented number of parties jostling for influence in the next parliament. The pro-business FDP, leftwing Die Linke and the Green party will also crowd into the Bundestag’s plenary chamber – a first since the introduction of a 5% hurdle for parliamentary seats in 1953.The chancellor’s biggest challenge is to sweet-talk two parties into allying with her – the FDP and the Green party – who not only intensely dislike one another but are both cautious of losing credibility with their voters.Talks between the parties, which will also include the CDU’s Bavarian sister party the CSU, could potentially last until after Christmas and risk triggering fresh elections if they collapse.
The only upside for Merkel is that the AfD may also take some time to get itself into position. Long-standing splits inside the party emerged on Monday morning when its chairwoman Frauke Petry said she would not join the AfD’s parliamentary caucus, walking out of a news conference with fellow leaders.“We should be open about there being differences of substance in AfD,” Petry said. “An anarchic party … can be successful in opposition, but it cannot make voters a credible offer for government.”Merkel’s CDU needs to find one or more coalition partners in order to form a governing majority, or pursue a minority government.
A continuation of the CDU-SPD coalition would have guaranteed 53% of the vote, but was ruled out by the SPD’s lead candidate, Martin Schulz, as he conceded Adidas Bernie Parent Womens Jersey defeat on Sunday night.“It’s a difficult and bitter day for social democrats in Germany,” Schulz told supporters. “We haven’t reached our objective.”Many SPD members believe that the party can only recuperate its former energy in opposition.One regularly cited slogan in the televised debates leading up to the election was that “grand coalitions are harmful for democracy”, usually followed by a reference to Austria, where a decade of centrist coalitions has boosted the far-right Freedom party.If the SPD stayed outside the cabinet it would also stop AfD from assuming the role of leader of the opposition and gaining associated parliamentary privileges.
The only other option for a majority government would be a so-called “Jamaica coalition” between the CDU, the FDP and the Green party, named after the colours traditionally associated with the groups.While such an arrangement would be a first in German history and require the Greens to bridge many differences on policy matters ranging from immigration to the car industry, many see it as a logical result of the party’s ideological transformations.The FDP is seen as a traditional junior partner to the CDU and formed a cabinet with Merkel in her second term, yet the overlap between the liberal wing of the German conservatives and the business-friendly faction of the Greens is arguably as large as with the FDP under its strident young leader, Christian Lindner.Informal talks between CDU and Green politicians started more than 20 years ago, when the seat of government was still in Bonn, and there a CDU-FDP-Green coalition is governing in Germany’s northernmost state, Schleswig-Holstein.


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