If you have any interest at all in European politics, you will have noticed by now that the pre-coalition talks in Germany have collapsed on November 19. Because this could mean (amongst other things) fresh elections, and because Germans do not normally do crisis these days, and because a paralysed Germany has all sorts of implications for Europe, everyone got very excited for a while. Right now, my money is on a reprise of the so-called Grand Coalition (centre-left/centre right), if and when the SPD realises that they should be able to get major concessions.
In the meanwhile, if you want to catch up with the situation or a simply in the mood for a bit of Angst watching, here is a list of links I liked
- During the night, @JerremyCliffe provided a running commentary on twitter. A week may be a long time in politics, but this is still very useful. If you don’t follow the man yet, now is the time
- Statement by the Federal President on the morning after, indicating that he is not keen on a snap election (in German)
- Here is a long-form analysis by @TheDanHough, in which he very neatly dissects the mess the parties have landed us in
- These are my own two Euro cent on the state of play in Germany after the FDP’s walkout
- Politico on the growing dissent within the SPD
- Merkel, who previously said she would prefer new elections to running a minority government, now says that she is not in favour of fresh elections. Move on, nothing to see here
- Seeing the signs of the times, SPD leader Schulz no longer rules out “getting involved in formation of German government, in whatever capacity” and wants to give party base vote on final deal (but not on decision itself?)
- Here is a bit of scaremongering about the impact of the German impasse on the European Union
- Writing in the New York Times, @annakatrein is similarly pessimistic about Germany, Europe, and the world
- Ending on a somewhat lighter note
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