Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

Apart from a spectacular victory of Chancellor Merkel, it is worth having a closer look at some facts which may broaden our thinking of German politics.

A trivial remark to begin with. The CDU/CSU lacks 4 votes to have a majority which means that the majority is in the hands of opposition parties. The problem is, however, that they cannot unite with one another. More specifically, SPD cannot unite with the Left. SPD was already in a ruling coalition with the Greens and the Left consists of former comrades and post-communists from German Democratic Republic with whom it was forbidden to speak.

Angela Merkel may feel at ease with choosing between a coalition with SPD and the Greens. The latter, although they have not practised it so far, will be able to find their way in the alliance with Christian Democrats. After all, it was Merkel who announced the need for closing all nuclear power plants in Germany.

SPD loses the election for the third time in a row, first time however with the difference of 17%. It clearly shows that despite election success in German Lands, politicians of this party do not have any ideas for earning a good result in the whole country. SPD represents scattered leadership. Another candidate for the position of a German chancellor cannot guarantee success though the party is willing to rule.

The offer of a great coalition CDU/CSU-SPD is not the same as it used to be. In the past, the parties joining the coalition were more or less equivalent, now it is already known who will dominate a possible black- red alliance. I am not good at fairy telling but for the time being everything suggests that a black- green coalition will be formed. The Greens lose nothing and the Reds save a one-eyed face…

Still among the blind, the one-eyed man is king

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