How long is Angela Merkel going to hold on? Doesn’t seem like she will be able to cling to power much longer if these election defeats keep mounting:
Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners threatened Sunday to quit her governing coalition, blaming bitter infighting in Berlin for massive losses to both the chancellor’s conservative party and the centre-left in a regional vote.
“The state of the government is unacceptable,” Social Democratic Party (SPD) general secretary Andrea Nahles said at a Berlin news conference.
After leaders reluctantly agreed to a third right-left coalition earlier this year, the fourth Merkel government has staggered from one crisis to another, almost collapsing twice over the summer in battles over relatively minor points.
On Sunday, Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) suffered a bruising 10-point blow from voters in Hesse state, garnering 28 percent of the vote according to an exit poll from broadcaster ARD.
But the SPD, her reluctant partners in Berlin, came off even worse, shedding almost 11 points to a historical low of 20 percent.
It was the latest in a string of disappointments for the SPD, Germany’s oldest political party, with many members blaming repeated alliances with Merkel for its decline.
Ultimately, what’s happened to the German political establishment is that they’ve essentially fused together into a giant uniparty to try permanently enshrine themselves in power. But with no true moderate opposition party any longer, German voters are turning to increasingly to new parties to force change.
This is something that has been happening all across the Western world, including here in America, when Trump essentially hijacked the Republican Party when it became closer and closer to the Democrats.