On election day, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) threw a spanner in the works. They announced that they did not want to resume their “grand coalition” with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and that they would instead go into the opposition. What happens now?

The CDU don’t have enough seats to govern alone, and even with the help of the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) they won’t have a majority. Commentators are discussing the possibility of a “Jamaica” coalition (so-called because of the yellow, black, and green colours of the Jamaican flag) between Merkel’s CDU, the FDP, and the Greens. However, this option will likely prove unpopular with voters (particularly for the two smaller parties), though nobody has ruled it out yet.

Angela Merkel has won the most votes, but her position has clearly weakened. Her party has lost votes, and this has been Merkel’s worst election result so far. Many former CDU supporters had apparently instead given their vote to the FDP or the anti-immigration AfD. Even if Merkel can cobble together a coalition, will she be able to govern effectively?

The third most powerful force in German politics is now the AfD. The tone of German politics is likely to change, potentially becoming more aggressive and radical, and less pragmatic. The lesson from recent coalitions is that going into government with Angela Merkel is a good way to lose voters. Given that the FDP have only just re-entered the Bundstag after spending some time in the wilderness, they are likely to be particularly prickly partners in any coalition talks. Nobody wants to see new elections, but the political situation is clearly much messier.

Have the German election results made the country ungovernable? Is a “Jamaica” coalition of greens, liberals, and Christian democrats the only way forward? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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  1. Αναγέννηση

    The Rise of the Far Right in Germany is all due to the lack of a EU Defense Force to create a Fortress Europe to prevent the Turkish State Sponsored flood of illegal immigrants into the European Union, as a result of German mainstream parties to remain military freeloaders on the backs of others, that is being undermined by Turkey and Euro-skeptics now through the Turkish State sponsored flood of illegal immigrants What we require now is for Germany to back efforts to construct a EU Defense Force and for MORE Europe in the Euro-zone creating mutualization of debt with a Economic transfer union so Eurozone can function as a proper currency . When we here notions of Germany being ungovernable its another way of saying German Economic Protectionism has taken hold of the Central Federal Government which is not a good thing for the European Union.

    • Ivan Burrows

      Nonsense, the rise of the right is a direct result of Brussels empire building & incompetence, you EU Europeans have learnt nothing from your history and if the EU is not destroyed you are destined to repeat it.

    • Peter Zietlow

      Couldn’t be more wrong. The rise of the right has much to do with a decades long antieuropean media bombardement in Western countries, lead by certain investment bankers, with perfect contact in politics. Like your comments on this platform, Ivan.

    • SD

      If what you were saying were true then the USA which is a comparable superpower but with it’s own army would be able to keep out illegals. As we all know the USA has about 12 million illegals. In reality the army is not usually used to keep out illegals. The real issue is politics. What we are seeing are 1st the consequences of the illegal wars of Bush Jr and Blair. It is obvious that wars produce refugees. 2nd we have borders. We can close them to these people. We have no obligation to them whatsoever as they are not citizens of our countries. If the borders are not closed to them then there is a political reason why this is not being done and that is a major part of this issue.

      3rd We must understand that politicians are not like normal people. They want to polish their image, look like the humanitarian, the good doer and they know that there is a mostly leftist media that will attack them ferociously if they do anything to stop the exodus of people flowing into Europe. What ads to it is that these migrants are muslims and Europe already has millions of muslims, Germany already had 2 Million muslims BEFORE the mass migration of 2015 where more than1 million muslims migrated to Germany and other European countries as a result of Angela Merkels invitation. So many muslims would be citizens and many would become citizens in the future as a result of these policies. Citizens are voters and no politician will want to do anything that would make voters turn away from them. We will start to see more islam in politics as time passes and the islamization continues. This is a fact of reality in every nation with a sizeable muslim population. It would be illogical to think that it would be different here. If we do not want this then we must stop islamic migration. We must drop political correctness and say it loud and clear that we do not want to become islamized. We do not want to become like Pakistan or Saudi Arabia. Only a clear language will bring the desired result. There is a direct connection between muslim demographics and islamic terror. Japan has very little muslims and no islamic terror. The visegrad countries have very little muslims and no islamic terror. Those countries with large muslim populations ALL have islamic terror in some %. This is reality whether we like it or not, whether its politically correct or not. We should have a direct democratic vote to decide if the people agree with the mass migration of muslims. Let the people decide, its afterall they who will have to live with these muslims and the good and bad that comes with their migration to our European countries. This shouldnt be a controversy but for some reason it is.

  2. Αναγέννηση

    The Rise of the Far Right in Germany is all due to the lack of a EU Defense Force to create a Fortress Europe to prevent the Turkish State Sponsored flood of illegal immigrants into the European Union, as a result of German mainstream parties to remain military freeloaders on the backs of others, that is being undermined by Turkey and Euro-skeptics now through the Turkish State sponsored flood of illegal immigrants What we require now is for Germany to back efforts to construct a EU Defense Force and for MORE Europe in the Euro-zone creating mutualization of debt with a Economic transfer union so Eurozone can function as a proper currency . When we hear notions of Germany being ungovernable its another way of saying German Economic Protectionism has taken hold of the Central Federal Government which is not a good thing for the European Union.

  3. Mauro Scimia

    I don’t think so. Angela is still very strong and I didn’t expect a 4th term to clinch more votes than she did . Germans have a strong sense of belonging and will get through.

  4. Tarquin Farquhar

    @Mauro Scimia
    No.

    The German system is rigged – the Bundestag does as Big Business asks.

  5. Paul X

    No, it just means the rampant liberal left agenda being forced upon the whole population needs to be re-assessed now they realise there are more than just a few people who don’t agree with it

    • Peter Zietlow

      There is no EU empire except maybe in your imagination. Please compare British empire and European Union and you will find certain differences…

  6. Matthew Wolfbane

    If a minority party instantly makes a country “ungovernable” by gaining votes, maybe the country was broken from the start.

  7. George

    No! Mrs Merkel is a very strong lider and will sorted out .

  8. Wolfgang Mizelli

    if you can’t politics, then yes, if you can politics, then no. politics is all about negotiating and intercultural dialogue/learning. the pink bubble of feel-good bursted, go, do your job!

  9. EU Reform- Proactive

    I would appreciate to hear opinions from German voters.

    Since Europe has multiparty democratic systems, shouldn’t we expect- as normal- that voter’s can & will react & express trust or mistrust in political leadership, like or not? It is of special interest now, being such major & influential EU country.

    To enforce one specific direction- calling it “the middle”- while the middle actually shifted- will probably only frustrate more voters in future. To be seen!

    Is a “win” of 30% a strong mandate to pick & chose the least disrupting partner to continue regardless? It may seem a common move in “multi party democracies” & a convenient choice now, but doesn’t it expose democratic hypocrisy?

    Past CDU Motto: “WE will manage” (alone)- no worries. Labeling & name calling others!

    Is that exemplary multi party decision making in the heart of Europe- or a “democratic love” for a one party rule- as practiced in many one party dictatorships around the globe?

  10. Peter Zietlow

    Can’t be too difficult to form a stable government including three parties. Works in many countries around the world.

  11. Peter Zietlow

    Merkels conservatives had the worst results since 1949. She will be a weaker chancellor than before and that’s a great opportunity for Europe. Allez, Macron.

  12. Joe Degado

    If it weren’t too serious I’d laugh my ass off reading the comments. Most people commenting have no clue and just vomit out what ever their personal thing is. So much ego and narrow-mindedness.

  13. Joe Degado

    If it weren’t too serious I’d laugh my ass off reading the comments. Most people commenting have no clue and just vomit out what ever their personal thing is. So much ego and narrow-mindedness.

  14. Joe Degado

    If it weren’t too serious I’d laugh my ass off reading the comments. Most people commenting have no clue and just vomit out what ever their personal thing is. So much ego and narrow-mindedness.

  15. Dimitris Orfanoudis

    Ιt was expected we cried out for long change yr immigration but Brussew as well as European Parliament were deaf .. Is too late for tears

  16. Stanislaw Gadomski

    According to common belief Brussels is guilty. Wrong, EU is ruled by informal directorate of real national leaders chosen in local elections. Mrs. Merkel remains most important among them, due to German economic status. Germany is most effective EU country in competition with East Asian manufacturers. But perspectives are bad, both for UE and USA.
    Our enemies will do everything to weak us. They play still the game started 100 years ago.

  17. Joris van Vuure

    The EU will not survive the refugee crisis. With Merkel in denial we have the AFD as a result.

  18. Domenico Galardo

    Nope, she just need to be in coalition with AFD if she’s not stupid. But I’ve some doubts about it….

  19. Peter Zietlow

    If the green party joins the government, there is hope for a more federal European approach. Weaker Schaeuble, weaker de Meziere. Even more so as the European liberals (Macron’s party friend Lindner) will also be part of that government

  20. catherine benning

    Have the German election results made the country ungovernable?

    What has made Germany unelectable is Merkel and her parties adherence to the Coudenhove-Kalergi plan she won a prize for. It is the love of refugees to the extent of European cultural suicide..

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4925202/EU-announces-plan-50-000-migrants.html

    However, many Germans went to the polls to reinstate that which they want to be free of? Now is that sanity? Or, one has to ask, how many of the voters in Germany are immigrants voting for more of their own cultural ethos to take over Europe?

    Remember Merkel is a Charlmagne prize winner of the strange Coudenhove-Kalergi plan to rid the continent of its indigenous people. Would indigenous Germans really vote en masse for their own demise?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMfk5UeGw4E

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