24October2017

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MERKEL’S NARROW VICTORY

Despite finally winning the election, it doesn’t mean German Chancellor Angela Merkel can  smile widely. A not-too-big win makes Merkel need a coalition to rule. The one thing that distracted her mind is that her partner during the last administration  did not want to form a coalition anymore. Merkel's Party, the Christian Democrat Party-CDU and its coalition partner the  Socialist party- CSU did not succeed in boosting the votes, they  even suffered a decline. Another partner, the Social Democrat Party-SPD lead by  Martin Schulz, said they were no longer in coalition with Merkel. Without coalition Melifies will lose the majority in Parliament.

The problem is, Merkel will not easily make a coalition with other parties such as AfD, for instance. . The  ultra right party  got 13 per cent of the votes  in the election whiiiich makes    AfD become the third largest power. AfD obviously can not be a coalition partner, because their  political views contradicts with  Merkel’s. Other parties, the  FDP,the  Left Party and the Green party despite showing votes increase, got much fewer  votes compppared to AfD. Merkel is also not easily able to coalition with these parties because the FDP party is less suited to the Green party. In fact, coalitions with these parties, known as the Jamaican coalition, due to the parties’ flag colors, (Green of the Green party, Yellow of FDP party and Black of party CDU) are necessary.

The elections  in Germany this time left at least two surprises. First the  Party that has long been in government must accept the fact of the decline in vote. Secondly, the  new party that carries the issue of anti-immigrants like AfD got a double-digit vote increase instead. It is expected that the government in Germany will continue to run well despite the difficulty of building coalitions. Because Germany is now a stabilizer in the EU region. The country continues to grow positively and significantly more than any other European country. Germany's stability also keeps the EU stable so that the Asian economies that are still flowing to other regions including the EU can be accommodated.

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