Germany is still an anchor of stability

The election campaign was dull: two main contenders (Merkel and Schulz) whose opinions where quite close in nearly all policies. The only exciting issue was that for the very first time an openly extreme right-wing party would enter the Bundestag.

Final results:

  • 33% Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU)
  • 20,5% Social Democrats (SPD)
  • 12,6% Extreme Right (AfD)
  • 10,7% Liberals (FDP)
  • 9,2 Left (Die Linke)
  • 8,9 Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen)
  • 5,1 Others

This result contains 10 main elements:

  1. Germany is still an anchor of stability: more than three quarters of the voters have decided to give their vote to parties who stand for multilateral, responsible and sustainable national and international politics.
  2. The two main parties have lost considerable votes (for the two the worst result than 1949) – like it is the trend in a considerable number of other European countries.
  3. The two main parties will nevertheless stick to their leadership, but will be headed for the next Bundestag election in four years by new individual.
  4. No one is questioning that the Christian democrats will continue to lead the federal government.
  5. The Social Democrats have decided to quit the “Grosse Koaltion” and to become the main opposition party.
  6. The Liberals (after having been absent from the Bundestag for four years) have doubled their votes and the Greens succeeded a better result than expected.
  7. With the decision of the SPD, the only solution for a government will be “Jamaica”: black (the colour which is attributed in Germany to the CDU/CSU), yellow (the colour of the Liberals) and the Greens.
  8. The coalition negotiations will be quicker than expected: all the three partners have governed already in different constellations in several of the 16 länder.
  9. Germany will certainly be obliged to live for the foreseeable future with the parliamentary presence of an extreme right-wing party, hoping that this party will not grow in size to French standards.
  10. After 27 years of unification the voting patterns are developing in different directions: the AfD is much stronger in the länder of former Eastern Germany.