What happened in Germany?
As you may know, there was an election in Germany on 24 September. The only possible coalition was a coalition of CDU/CSU (Christian democrats), FDP (economic liberals) and Die Grünen (green politics). You might think “They sound really different, how are they supposed to form a colation?”, well they didn’t. They failed to. Because of two people.
This is Christian Lindner, head of the FDP and so arrogant all election posters featured his face. One of his slogans was “digitization first, concerns second” turns out he really didn’t care about concerns cause just before midnight yesterday he decided he didn’t want to talk with the other parties about a possible coalition anymore, even though it was looking pretty good. The FDP reentering the Bundestag after being voted out in 2013 probably went to his head.
This is Horst Seehofer, head of the CSU who are only running for elections in Bavaria. His favourite word is “Obergrenze” (maximum limit) because he’d like to have a maximum limit for refugees coming to Germany. Problem: Nobody else wants it. So he started acting like a child not getting chocolate until Die Grünen proposed a compromise that his Obergrenze would be a framework.
So, what happens now? There are three options:
- New elections. This might lead to the AfD (right-wing populists, a lot of them outright Nazis) gaining even more votes. They already gained 12% of votes in the election.
- Minority government. Only happened in the Landtage so far and never lasted long.
- Große Koalition (GroKo) between CDU/CSU and SPD (social democrats). Probably won’t happen because the SPD lost a lot of votes in the election and stated they would stay in the opposition no matter what.