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From top: German Chancellor Angela Merkel; Shane Heneghan

Despite being in a position of unprecedented weakness, reports of Angela Merkel’s political demise are greatly exaggerated.

Shane Heneghan writes:

As noted previously, government negotiations in Germany take time. The numbers thrown up by September’s election were bound to exacerbate this especially when we consider that the three groupings in question had never worked together at the federal level before.

The Liberal Free Democratic Party FDP abandoning negotiations removes what had been seen as the only viable option from the table but it does not mean government formation impossible.

A deal with the Social Democratic Party (SPD), where this party either extracts a high price from ‘Mutti’ for their help in bailing her out, or perhaps where the party supports a minority Christian Democratic Union (CDU)/Christian Social Union (CSU(/Green coalition from outside government (an Irish solution to a German problem), would seem like her next best option. A similar deal might also be possible with the FDP once their leadership has had a chance to cool off.

It should be noted that Germany has never had a minority government in the post war period and the Chancellor herself is on record as saying she would prefer fresh elections to such a messy arrangement.

With this in mind, however, she will also be aware that it is very hard for fresh elections to be called in Germany without the consent of the sitting Chancellor and the President- so it might not be as unstable an option as we think.

It is remarkable, and perhaps also more evidence of how much Germany values stability that no major contender within the CDU (or CSU) seems to have yet made indications that they wish to challenge her for the leadership and even if the current impasse leads to fresh elections in the new year, for the moment at least, it’s almost impossible to see her party not prevailing in one form or another.

I think for the short- to medium-term she is irreplaceable,” said Jürgen Hardt a leading CDU member of the Bundestag. There seems to be a general realisation of this even within Germany where despite the uncertainty people remain calm and markets remain steady- the Frankfurt stock exchange even rose slightly yesterday.

This is in stark contrast to her embattled counterpart in the UK were chatter of Theresa May leaving downing street has been bubbling under the surface since the exit poll was released at the end of the last election.

Speaking of the UK, perhaps even more unfounded is the notion that Merkel’s difficulties are an opportunity for an embattled Theresa May to “divide and conquer” in Brexit negotiations.

It is notable that with the exception of the Alternative For Germany (AfD), the entire political spectrum in Germany has a similar attitude to the talks and will be keen for the country to continue its current line albeit at slower pace due to domestic difficulties.

Shane Heneghan is a Brussels-based election and poll watcher. Follow Shane on Twitter: @shaneheneghan

Pic: Getty

Previously: Stability Über Alles

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“….[today] as Merkel met a group of 14- to 17-year-olds in the gymnasium of their school in the northern city of Rostock.

During the discussion, entitled “Good Life in Germany”, Reem, a Palestinian, told Merkel in fluent German that she and her family, who arrived in Rostock from a Lebanese refugee camp four years ago, are soon to face deportation.”
Merkel responded by saying she understood, but that “politics is sometimes hard. You’re right in front of me now and you’re an extremely sympathetic person. But you also know in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are thousands and thousands and if we were to say you can all come … we just can’t manage it.”

Gut times.

Angela Merkel tells sobbing asylum seeker why she cannot stay in Germany (Guardian)

Thanks John Gallen

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Government buildings, Merrion Street, Dublint this lunchtime.

Thanks Liz Fitzgerald, Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

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President of the European Commission, Herman Van Rompuy and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel  this morning on the second day of the European Peoples Party Congress in the National Convention Centre, Dublin.

(Laura Hutton/Photocall ireland)

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Angela Merkel  at the National Convention Centre with from top: Ukranian presidential candidate Vitali Klitschko; former Ukranian Prime Minister Yulia Tymonshenko and, at government buildings, Eamon Gilmore and Enda Kenny.

(Photocall ireland)

Enda Kenny In Brussels this afternoon, from RTE1’s Nine O’Clock news.

In Europe, A Sense Of Shock And Betrayal Over American Spying (Huffington Post)

Thanks Maidhci

00134217“Ireland has made good progress, this progress was not made in Germany it was made in Ireland on the basis of the Irish understanding that things had gone wrong in the past few years.

“I’m grateful to my colleague Enda Kenny for implementing the reforms so passionately. Ireland is one of those examples where it can be shown that things are improving.

“Ireland has remarkably lower yields [on its bonds]. I want to express my sincere respect for what Ireland has achieved over the past couple of years. Those developments are good and important for Ireland.”

 

Angela Merkel today.

 

Merkel says policy toward Ireland will not change after election win (RTE)

(Photocall Ireland)

 

This just in.

“I have nothing but contempt for this. The tone seems to be similar across all banks.
It is for us a huge challenge to convince people who get up every day and every day do their work and always pay their taxes, do everything, even show solidarity with other people who are weaker. All of this is destroyed by that and so I have nothing but contempt for that.
For people who go to work every day and earn their money, it is very, very difficult to understand, if at all.”
“It is a real damage to democracy…for everything we work for.”

Angela Merkel

They may be on to us.

Merkel zu irischen Bankern: “Dafür habe ich nur Verachtung (Der Spiegel)

Independent MEP Marian Harkin said that “Angela Merkel, having embraced Enda Kenny at the EU summit on Friday, subsequently showed this to be a ‘Judas Kiss’ when she ruled out back-dated recapitalisation of Eurozone banks”.

Speaking from the European Parliament, Harkin argued that this is “an extraordinary setback and a real kick in the teeth to our leaders who have been struggling earnestly to achieve a fair deal for Ireland”.

She added that “our banking debt of € 64 Billion – which Ireland put in place to save German, French and other European banks, as well as our own – cannot be left on the shoulders of Irish taxpayers. It is unjust, unfair and it makes the possibility of recovery virtually impossible”.


Harkin denounces Merkel’s “Judas Kiss” (Westmeath Independent)

(dpa)