In September Angela Merkel was reelected Chancellor of Germany, a position she has held since 2005. However, her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) suffered a huge drop in support and the worst election result in decades. Support for the CDU dropped to just 33% down sharply from 41% in the last election. Her alliance partner, the Christian Social Union (CSU) is a regional party in Bavaria and has 46 MPs in the Bundestag. CSU only operates in Bavaria.
The CDU/CSU came up short with just 246 seats and Merkel needs 355 seats in parliament to obtain a majority. This is what should happen to leaders who open up the borders to a million strangers. Voters have had enough of Merkel’s treachery.
All of which leaves Merkel struggling. After eight weeks, talks with both the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) have failed.
“The four discussion partners have no common vision for modernisation of the country or common basis of trust,” FDP leader, Christian Lindner.
What happened to the common interest of the Union? I guess everyone has their own agenda, a laundry list of issues, which seems at odds with the whole globalist thing.
Leader of the SPD, Martin Schulz, admits he did poorly for his party in the campaign. That hasn’t stopped other European leaders asking him to join Merkel in a grand coalition. It has been reported that Schulz would like the opportunity.
Conceivably, Schultz’ SPD did poorly because of support for the EU. Schultz believes that without the EU “neither France nor Germany would be able to protect social democratic values on its own.”
The election was two months ago, that’s like ancient history in politics.
In the simplest of terms Merkel has failed to convince other parties, largely of socialist bent, an opportunity to govern. Irrespective of the prospects of success of such a coalition, when socialists’ refuse an invitation to rule (even if it is a bit-part) your spidey-sense should start tingling.
Perhaps the leaders of the SPD and FDP see how Germany has tired not only of Angela Merkel, but of the European Union itself, are super-wary of getting too close, fearing the electorate may decide the pieces—the MPs of any coalition government now—is a furtherance of the same globalist muckrakers that have so damaged European culture, and now the thinking people want nothing more to do with Brussels.
While Merkel was being hammered at the polls, voters flocked to the upstart Alternative for Germany (AfD) nationalist party, and elected 94 MPs to the Bundestag. Of course, Critics in politics and media denounce AfD as far-right extremist xenophobes. Some go so far as to claim Nazis have returned to parliament. Expect to hear all that and more.
The AfD have allegedly exploited populism that is a lefty label for nationalism. Looking out for your country is coming back strong. Issues like immigration, welfare costs, border security, and crime are important, again.
That AfD is now third largest party in the Bundestag marks nothing less than a major course change in German politics, and by any measure in Western Europe. The AfD is first nationalist party in the Bundestag in over 50 years. AfD vow to “take back our country and our people” and there is talk of an investigation into the refugee crisis.
For Merkel, often described as the de facto leader of the European Union, and the “most powerful woman in the world” this is a big upset.
But it isn’t just about Merkel, or the complications of the German political system, and the real risk of a new election in the spring—Eurocrats are already freaking out over this prospect. It is so much bigger than one event, one election, or one party.
EU voters have essentially knowingly ushered in a post-globalist Europe. Geert Wilders, Marine le Pen, Brexit, Victor Orban, and the proud citizens of Poland have spread the message that Brussels is dangerous to freedom, culture, and sovereignty. To which I say, bring it!