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Political crisis in Germany: a rupture of the ruling coalition is imminent

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by frstuder, May 30, 2018.

  1. frstuder

    frstuder New Member

    It took the ruling circles of Germany nearly six months to form a coalition and cut out the incipient chaos. During all that time, the country had to live under the direction of the interim government until the moment when the political forces managed to come to terms and finally reached a coalition agreement. Not without reason, most experts believe that the new coalition of the CDU, the CSU and the SPD is rather an interested marriage of necessity than an objectively efficient management tool. In actual fact, at the moment of signing the agreement, there already existed numerous contradictions, mutual blaming and mistrust inside the coalition. And despite all the concessions by Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz, mutual distrust between the CDU/CSU and the SPD is not only remaining but also may result in a major political confrontation able to bring to naught all the arrangements achieved.

    The intention of the CDU with the support of the CSU to lure the incumbent Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas (SPD) to their ranks may serve as the first blow to positions of the SPD in the new government.


    It is evident that providing such a high-ranking SPD politician with the CDU membership may result in serious implications for entire political system of Germany which is not very stable at the moment. Members of the SPD may perceive such initiative as a violation of the coalition agreement, so the delicate equilibrium based on unwillingness of both sides to conduct early elections is going to be disturbed.

    There can be no doubt that such decisions are only made with the approval of Merkel. So it brings up a natural question, does Frau Chancellor really want to risk the coalition she gave so much effort to create for the sake of gaining control over the Foreign Ministry? No doubt, that is the most important department of the governance structure. But in case of a rupture of the coalition, the government will have to resign. So, the largest and most economically developed country of the European Union will be staying in a deepest political crisis until next early elections. Besides, Eurosceptics who are getting stronger will get a chance to take it out. And that is threatening not only Germany alone but the entire EU with serious and unpredictable consequences.

    There is only hope that common sense will prevail over ambitions and the parties involved will finally manage to get over it and prevent destruction of the fragile state management system. However, the SPD may already be developing a complex of counter measures. What it is going to be, we will find out very soon.

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