This weekend the Social Democratic Party of Germany voted to renew a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, guiding the way for her 4th term after half a year of political deadlock in the country. The postal ballot realized that there was 34 percent against the grand coalition, and 66 percent in favor, Social Democratic Party treasurer Dietmar Nietan announce.
The Christian Democrats could be in place by the end of the month, something that Germans have been waiting for since September 24 when the federal election saw both parties lose more votes than any time in recent history, which left very few coalition option for Angela Merkel. Since 2005 Chancellor Merkel has led Europe’s largest economy, this will tie her with Helmut Kohl as being the country’s longest-serving chancellor, serving 16 years in the position.
The Road Here
The election in September was supposed to be a landslide win for Merkel’s Christian Democrats, although both the SPD and the CDU lost a record number of votes to the nationalist party, AfD (Alternative for Germany). This twist in the election caused months of hard negotiations to take place.
After talks between the FDP (liberal Free Democratic Party) and the CDU, the Green Party disbanded in November, which meant renewing the Grand Coalition (GroKo) was the only solution left for a multiparty.
Merkel’s Next Step
Angela Merkel, also referred to as “Muttie” (mother) Merkel is still a popular choice in her country. Her liberal conservatism is something that differs from other Christian Democrats in places such as Austria, which has caused some issues regardless of her popularity. In 2015 Germany had to deal with an influx of more than a million refugees who were able to enter the country due to her open-door immigration policy, which sparked a huge debate about immigration not just in Germany but other European countries as well.
Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.