It is worth noting the lack of a German, and therefore European, consensus on the foreign policy challenges facing the West, particularly on Russia and China.
A traffic light coalition? A Jamaica coalition? Who knows? What’s certain is that the CDU/CSU is struggling amidst a fragmenting landscape.
Here in Britain, the two main parties are being punished by voters for tearing up their Brexit commitments.
If two men are in a car, and the passenger says to the driver: “Look out! You’re going to crash,” he is shouting out the second, not the first.
The German Chancellor was stronger then than she is now. And there’s no guarantee that any compromise she might push would work.
Wages are growing at their fastest rate for ten years, and employment is at a near-record high. But qualifications are necessary…
McCain knew that politics should be a fierce contest, restrained by respect for civilians and one’s enemies.
Our exit in will coincide with a new cycle of European elections which will redraw political power in the European Parliament and other EU institutions.
Those representing working class seats in the Midlands and North will be nervous of any suggestion that they’re betraying the referendum result.
Merkel has appalled her own followers by making sweeping concessions to the Social Democrats.
If both of the main parties remain locked together in an unpopular pact, it creates more space in which new challengers can grow.
The German consensus which placed no significant party to the right of the CDU, thus bolstering it as a governing force, is breaking down.
But could Germany, in the wake of its election result, now become the prime bulwark against Macron’s and Juncker’s ambitions?
The German Chancellor on the exit polls that show her set for a fourth term – but with Alternative für Deutschland winning 13 per cent of the vote.