Merkel Expected To Win Fourth Term In Germany Despite Far-Right Disruption

  • Merkel Expected To Win Fourth Term In Germany Despite Far-Right Disruption

Merkel Expected To Win Fourth Term In Germany Despite Far-Right Disruption

As Germany heads to polls this Sunday, the sense of normality around the election is nearly unnatural.

But the columnist regretted that it only came late in the campaign when it became "clear how the political climate in Germany will change with the AfD in the Bundestag". His SPD party lost three consecutive state elections to Merkel's CDU this year, mainly on regional issues, but the results nevertheless raised doubts about Mr Schulz's chances against the chancellor.

SPD leader Martin Schulz has urged his supporters to vote, saying "everything is still possible".

To be sure, Dengler wishes that Merkel would reduce the regulatory burden on German companies-which face an average corporate tax rate of 14.5 percent-although he doesn't expect that she will.

Merkel this week told Deutsche Welle she would never co-operate with the AfD, while SPD leader Martin Schulz, her rival for the chancellery, on Friday night in his last campaign speech called them "the shame of the nation". "People are looking for an alternative but can not find one", he said.

The polls are suggesting that Germans are content with their current government, which means a Grand Coalition could happen for a third time in just four elections. Germans ages 50 and older have more confidence in Merkel than their younger counterparts and women are more likely to feel this way than men.

"On the one side, Ms Merkel provided a safe cushion for Germany for 16 years, but on the other, it created huge boredom and political apathy with politicians losing the sense of how challenging and competing politics can be".

NELSON: But Kornelius says even so, Merkel being attacked by the right-wing populists could actually gain her sympathy votes on Sunday.

"Although the AfD is highly unlikely to fare as well as the extreme right in France or the Netherlands, any relative success for the AfD will reflect badly to global onlookers, given German history", said Mr Gerd Appenzeller of Berlin's daily Tagesspiegel.

Rolf Henning, 34, a member of the SPD for 13 years, said his party had suffered from the grand coalition of the past four years.

Briefly giving the floor to a Holocaust survivor, Inge Deutschkron, Schulz said: "this alternative for Germany is no alternative. Now it's really hard to motivate voters to support the SPD". Should a majority prove elusive, the coalition will also seek to include the Greens, and will be named "Jamaica" from the colors of each party, black, yellow and green. In the 2014 European elections they won 7.1% of the vote, granting them 7 out of 96 seats.

Merkel has so far tentatively backed her French partner's idea of creating a new finance minister position for the eurozone, though the scope and responsibilities of the position are yet to be defined.

The AfD will not enjoy any actual political power because they are considered beyond the pale and will not be included in any governing coalition. Her center-right CDU party isn't seeing the kind of approval ratings as they did in earlier campaigns.

As the campaign winds to a close, all but one of Germany's leading pollsters project the party will finish in double digits. It was retweeted by a Russian "bot-for-hire" 169 times in recent days, fake news tracking site Digital Forensic Research Labs said.

She has insisted the decision was a humanitarian necessity - although she pledged to ensure that the migrant crisis is not repeated by increasing funding for programmes in at-risk countries.

With Schäuble running a European institution, the ECB would probably go to a non-German in 2019 as Germany already holds the presidencies of the European Stability Mechanism and the European Investment Bank. The potential partners for a broader progressive project, the SPD and the Greens, have shown no interest in left-wing policies, instead orienting themselves towards the political center and presenting themselves not as representatives of the opposition, but as potential coalition partners for Angela Merkel, who will nearly certainly win the election.

The anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany placards are even blunter.