by Kenneth Schortgen, Rogue Money:
Despite the fact that Angela Merkel’s political party won the most seats in September’s national elections, her hopes of majority rule fell through over the weekend when the ‘Jamaican coalition’ came apart and left her with few options in trying to put together a government. And in a very interesting response to the weekend’s failed proceedings in what should have been her 4th term in office as leader of the German people, Merkel decided that calling for new elections was a better choice than in trying to forge a secondary coalition with political parties that contain much more difficult opposing members.
“German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier says Germany is facing a situation unseen in decades after coalition talks failed. He warned of “great concern” across Europe if the “strongest country” in the EU can’t form a government.
“We are facing a situation which [we] did not face in the Federal Republic of Germany for almost 70 years,” Steinmeier said.”
— Russia Today
The primary reasons behind Merkel’s failed coalition attempts is that her political party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), lost more seats in September than at any time since she has reigned in office. In Addition to this, political parties from the extreme right wing gained seats in the government they had not achieved since the end of World War II, which forecasts a shift in the political direction of the German people.
Thus the failure of the Jamaican Coalition gambit has left the Chancellor between a rock and a hard place as her inability to listen to the German people over the ‘refugee invasion’, as well as her inability to comprehend the growing anti-EU sentiment proliferating from within Germany amongst the worldwide populist movement, is leaving her little choice but to call for a new vote which could see her party lose a plurality outright, or at best bring about a new coalition partner to try to continue her hold over the government.
“Seeking her fourth term, Bloomberg reports that Merkel is “skeptical” about a minority government as it may not bring about necessary stability and is open to another so-called grand coalition with the Social Democratic party, she said in an interview with ARD television.
In the absence of an agreement to secure a majority in Germany’s Bundestag, “I’m certain that new elections are the better way,” she said.”
The fact of the matter is that Germany is experiencing the same political volatility it went through exactly 100 years ago when in the midst of World War I the people forced the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm for a more Democratic form of government that would serve the German people rather than the monarchy. And while Germany today is obviously not ruled by a King, but are instead under the thumb of a technocracy through which Merkel has ruled with for the past decade or more, demands for change are coming to the surface faster than anyone could have imagined.
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