The end of Germany’s two-party system is on the horizon

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This weekend’s regional election in Germany will provide further proof of a fragmenting political landscape, writes Slawomir Sierakowski. The German Social Democrats’ (SPD) existential crisis can no longer be treated as a typical party crisis. The party captured a mere 9.7% … Read More

In a German grand coalition or not, SPD’s survival is at risk

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Far-right AfD is winning working-class votes and SPD is becoming less relevant among young and middle-class voters.  Andrea Nahles (L) and Olaf Scholz of Social Democratic party (SPD) give a press statement in Berlin. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters When Dietmar Nietan, … Read More

Factbox: Who could wield the knife? Scenarios for a Merkel exit

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel is heading into her final term as German chancellor, a close ally conceded on Monday, intensifying the jockeying over the succession to Europe’s most powerful leader.Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel … Read More

German leader Merkel says the current world order is under threat

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Merkel said the answer to the world’s problems was to see multilateral solutions instead of a “unilateral, protectionist course” of action. Merkel is just the latest leader at Davos to criticize a protectionist and isolationist stance towards the world’s problems. … Read More

Split Social Democrats could sink Merkel’s coalition plans

BERLIN/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) – The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) tried on Tuesday to quash a grassroots rebellion against a blueprint agreed with Angela Merkel’s conservatives to enter formal talks on a “grand coalition” which could scupper her plan for … Read More

Germany mulls possibility of life after Angela Merkel

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Germany is beginning to think about life after Angela Merkel, despite a deal this week which paved the way for her to form a new coalition government. A visibily exhausted Mrs Merkel appeared before the cameras on Friday to announce … Read More

Angela Merkel’s CDU backs German government ‘grand coalition’ strategy

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The Christian Democratic Union led by Chancellor Angela Merkel has thrown its support behind pursuing a new alliance with the Social Democrats (SPD). Merkel has stressed the importance of a stable German government. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Monday for “serious, … Read More