The end of the «Merkel era»: the Chancellor was unable to form a coalition «Jamaica»

© AFP 2017 / Emmanuel DunandКанцлер of Germany Angela Merkel. Archival photoThe end of the «Merkel era»: the Chancellor was unable to form a coalition «Jamaica»© 2017 AFP / Emmanuel Dunand

The formation of a coalition government in Germany had failed before it started: the preliminary talks on Monday night failed, plunging the country into such a major political crisis that the society began to talk about the beginning of the end «of the age of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.»

In the night of Monday the Free democratic party withdrew from a multi-week talks on forming a parliamentary coalition with the CDU/CSU Merkel and «Green» (coalition «Jamaica»). «Jamaica» in case of success of negotiations would have 393 of 709 seats in the Bundestag (55%), but after the liberals remaining participants in the negotiations have only 44% of the seats without getting a majority. The social democratic party of Germany (SPD) had previously ruled out the possibility of their participation in a «Grand coalition» with the CDU/CSU is another option, which would create a majority government (399 seats, or 56%).

If negotiations on forming a coalition will not succeed available there are two options: a minority government, which in German history has not been, and new elections, which never showed up so quickly.

Common ideas was no blame Merkel

The leader of the «heroes of the occasion» — the Free democratic party told journalists that the parties conducted preliminary talks about the start of the process of formation of the government of Germany, has not any common ideas.

«These negotiations we had to test the waters and not on the formation of the government. At the end of these preliminary talks have to decide whether there was mutual trust, is there a General idea, and it is these common ideas about governance have arisen,» said Lindner, finishing off that during preliminary consultations «not the result was achieved that would allow to start negotiations on forming a government».

In turn, the party member Lindner Volker wissing laid the blame for the failure of the talks at German Chancellor Angela Merkel. «Negotiations from the very beginning observer. They were not structured, not organized. The Chancellor did not found a solution to the conflict, in contrast, was postponed, all the time further postponed. So to blame Angela Merkel,» said wissing in an interview with radio station Deutschlandfunk.

According to him, the Chancellor «day by day the issues of migration and European politics were overshadowed in the hope that things will resolve themselves». «The negotiations in the last week was getting worse day by day until Thursday, all is not completely stuck,» said Vissing.

«Green» ready to talk further

Another member of the failed negotiations, the Green party is ready to continue negotiations on forming a new German government, told reporters one of the leaders of the party, head of the Green faction in the Bundestag, Anton Hofreiter.

«If it comes to other negotiations, we are ready for them,» said Hofreiter, calling speculation speculation about what will Germany’s new elections or whether a minority government.

«If there are new elections, we will go with our ideas on a new election if there are new ideas — you need to see if there’s something reasonable», «Green» is ready to negotiations», — he added.

The SPD for a new election, ADG – for the resignation of Merkel

The social democratic party of Germany (SPD), after the elections, announcing his departure to the opposition, has remained true to its intention and, after the failure of exploratory talks on forming a coalition government in Germany. As stated by the leader of the party Martin Schulz, the German social Democrats are still not ready to enter into a coalition government and are not afraid of new elections.

«We are still not afraid of new elections. In connection with the results of the elections on 24 September, we are not prepared to enter into «Grand coalition,» said Schultz.

The leaders of the right-wing party «Alternative for Germany» Alexander Gauland and Alice Vidal said that Angela Merkel needs to leave the post of Chancellor of Germany after the failure of exploratory talks on forming a new coalition government of Germany.

«MS Merkel has failed and it’s time to leave the post of Chancellor,» said Howland, who heads a faction of the «Alternative for Germany» in the Bundestag.

He expressed satisfaction that the coalition «Jamaica» was eventually created because the configuration of the government was not «an expression of public consensus.» His colleague Vidal added that the talks were «doomed to failure», so almost a five-week consultation «imposed voter ignorance.»

The President calls to form a government

The end of the «Merkel era»: the Chancellor was unable to form a coalition «Jamaica»© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy in photomontagist told who benefit from new parliamentary elections in Germaniidan of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday after meeting with Merkel, what to expect from all parties the readiness to form a government after the elections on 24 September.

«Preliminary talks on the establishment of the government still not brought results. We are now in a situation which in the history of Germany was almost 70 years old. It puts the political parties before even greater challenges,» said Steinmeier.

«This is the moment in which all participants need to pause and rethink their position. All elected to the Bundestag, the political parties should act for the common good. I expect from the negotiations, demonstrating the readiness to form a government in the foreseeable future,» said Steinmeier.

The end of the «Merkel era»: the Chancellor was unable to form a coalition «Jamaica»© AP Photo / Markus SchreiberПрезидент Germany called shortly to form a new, pravitelstvo added that he would spend the next few days talks with all leaders of the parties who participated in the preliminary negotiations to form a government with those who «does not preclude participation in the formation of the government», as well as with the presidents of the Bundestag, the Bundesrat and the head of the constitutional court.

The end of the era of Merkel and the change of generations

The Chairman of the party «Left» Katja Kiping believes that the night of the failure of the preliminary talks marked the «end of an era» Merkel.

The end of the «Merkel era»: the Chancellor was unable to form a coalition «Jamaica»© REUTERS / Axel SchmidtШтайнмайер commented on the failure of negotiations on creation of coalition»anyway, that night started the end of the era of Merkel, it is necessary to tell,» she said.

As stated by RIA Novosti, the German political scientist Klaus-jürgen Scherer, the failure of the talks on forming a coalition government demonstrates not only the beginning of the end of the era of Merkel, but also about the generational shift in German politics.

«In fact, we can say that this is the beginning of the end of the era of Merkel, because she failed to build a stable government and a minority government at the Federal level to create will fail. The SPD will not agree to a «Grand coalition,» said Scherer RIA Novosti.

The end of the «Merkel era»: the Chancellor was unable to form a coalition «Jamaica»© AFP 2017 / Odd AndersenКрупные political party of Germany announced the beginning of the end of the «age of Merkel»He added that the situation is probably even good for democracy. «What we see now is my assumption — a change of generations in politics. This means that nearing the end of the time, Merkel, that means (Horst) Seehofer (leader of the CSU and Premier of Bavaria), (Alexander) Dobrindt (Chairman of the land group of the CSU in the Bundestag) will find the change. If there are new elections, it is unlikely that the SPD will be represented by Martin Schulz, there also comes a new generation,» added the analyst.

As evidence of the beginning of generational change in German politics Scherer pointed to the liberal leader Christian Lindner, with whom the Free democratic party «gives the impression of a young and dynamic, but in other games it is soon also going to happen.»

The end of the «Merkel era»: the Chancellor was unable to form a coalition «Jamaica»© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Podwyzki the Collapse of the Chancellor
Merkel will remain Chancellor or will be new elections?

The end of the «Merkel era»: the Chancellor was unable to form a coalition «Jamaica»© AFP 2017 / Odd AndersenЭто failure. Angela Merkel did not obey even «Jamaica»»According to the Basic law, of the ability immediately to dissolve the Bundestag and call new elections now does not exist. Therefore, the Federal President shall propose to the Bundestag candidate for Chancellor. Who will it be, is still unknown. But, as a rule, the representative of the largest fraction, in this case, Frau Merkel. And only if Merkel does not get after three attempts, a majority in the Bundestag, the President has the right to dissolve the Parliament. So we still have a long way to go,» said RIA Novosti political analyst, Professor at the Institute of political science Otto sur Niels Direah.

According to experts, Merkel may retain the post of Prime Minister, as if in the third round of voting she doesn’t get an absolute majority, the President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier «has the opportunity to appoint her Chancellor of a minority government».

The end of the «Merkel era»: the Chancellor was unable to form a coalition «Jamaica»© REUTERS / Axel Schmidt Judge: to force Merkel to resign can only be one thing obstoyatelstvam scenario would be the nomination of the Bundestag in the second round of voting its own candidate for Chancellor. This can occur 14 days after the first round of voting. We can assume that this candidate would be the leader being in opposition after the elections on 24 September, the Social democratic party of Germany Martin Schulz, said Diederich, but he hardly gather most.

According to the German diplomat, former Ambassador of Germany to the USSR and Russia Ernst-Jorg von Studnitz, there is a possibility of new elections.

«At the moment the impression is that there will be new elections. The idea is to hold them in April next year. What will these new elections, it is difficult to say,» said RIA Novosti the diplomat, suggesting that the result of re-election right «Alternative for Germany» can gain more votes, the social Democrats seriously your score will not improve, and the CDU/CSU will lose even more support.

The end of the «Merkel era»: the Chancellor was unable to form a coalition «Jamaica»© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy in fotoracconti called political crisis in Germany’s largest in the postwar vremyon added that such a development could lead to political uncertainty in Germany, and after new elections. As for the current situation, the background of shtudnits believes that «the outgoing government will continue to pursue its policy, but will not undertake new initiatives that will have dramatic consequences, especially for the EU, as Europe is in dire need of new initiatives.»

What they say in the world

The President of France Emmanuel macron said that France is not interested in the fact that the situation in Germany deteriorated in connection with the failure of the preliminary talks about forming a coalition «Jamaica».

The end of the «Merkel era»: the Chancellor was unable to form a coalition «Jamaica»© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy in photobacteria not interested in the deterioration of the situation in Germany, said macron»Not in our interests to (situation in Germany) has become tense,» macron said in an interview with BFMTV, noting that on Sunday evening held a telephone conversation with Merkel.

As stated by the official representative of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, the EC hopes that the policy of Germany after talks on government formation will continue to be stable and consistent.

«We are confident that the German constitutional process will provide a basis for stability and continuity, which has always been the quality mark of German politics. We hope that this time nothing will change,» said Chinas reporters, refusing to answer the question, what can cause difficulty forming a government

The end of the «Merkel era»: the Chancellor was unable to form a coalition «Jamaica»© REUTERS / Axel SchmidtВ the Kremlin called an internal affair of the formation of the coalition government Prgress Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Russia is interested in the speedy and successful completion of the government formation process in Germany.

«Of course, we have seen how the process of coalition formation in Germany. We wish a speedy and successful conclusion of this process. President Putin has traditionally advocated the continuation and further development of mutually beneficial relations between Germany and Russia, because it is associated with economic interests,» Peskov said, stressing that the formation of the parliamentary coalition in Germany is a solely internal affair of the country.