Friday, November 17, 2017

Germany: Fears of another election if coalition Government cannot come to an agreement.

(Berlin)  In September Germany held a federal election which Angela Merkel won but with a much reduced share of the vote for her conservative party which now requires two junior coalition partners to form a government, the Greens and the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) — the black, green and yellow of their colours forming a so-called "Jamaica" coalition.  (I suppose in the UK/US that would be deemed racist)

After a month of talks, nothing concrete has been laid down and with the deadline for talks fast approaching,  a lot of people are going to have to suck it up.
So what happens next:
  • Official coalition negotiations will now begin
  • The talks will focus on dividing up cabinet posts between the parties, with the Greens and FDP eyeing key ministries.
  • Negotiations could continue for several more weeks

  • Merkel's conservatives could form minority government, possibly with Greens
  • Talks could possibly begin with the Social Democrats (SPD) to form another so-called "grand coalition."
  • New national elections could be called.

  • The parties will try to hammer out a more concrete preliminary coalition agreement.
  • Talks could continue for several more weeks before official ones begin.