A Disappointing Win

So Merkel won, eh? It feels good to be able to cheer the loss of ultra-right nationalism. But it’s sad the the only possible winner is aggressive neoliberalism. 

It’s still a win but a disappointing one. 


8 thoughts on “A Disappointing Win”

  1. “It feels good to be able to cheer the loss of ultra-right nationalism.”

    Actually, the “ultra-right nationalists” (the AfD party) did very well in this election. They got over 10% of the vote, meaning that they get seats in the German parliament and have a voice in the government.

    This is the first time since WWII that any far-right party has gotten seats in the German government.


  2. This was not a real win for stability. The two major centrist parties, Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats, both had their worst result in post-war history. Building a coalition is going to be very difficult for Merkel. The Social Democrats have said that they won’t coalition with her again. The only other option involves the Greens and the Free Democrats, who really don’t get along. I think the chances of a coalition lasting for four years until the next mandatory election are slim. If it does last that long, it will be because the established parties fear the AfD doing even better if they have early elections.


  3. It’s entirely Merkel’s fault that the AfD got a foothold in the government. German voters were angry about her unwise and irresponsible immigration policies, and her failure to address their concerns about the issue.

    Her post-election comments today belatedly acknowledged those concerns. What happens now with a new coalition government remains to be seen.


      1. Well, remember on the question, “Who was America’s best President since World War II?” to write “Ronald Reagan,” and you’ll ace the test!


    1. “It’s entirely Merkel’s fault that the AfD got a foothold in the government”

      Poorly thought through bad policy decisions have unwelcome after effects (when citizens are allowed to vote). Stop the presses!


  4. Israeli sites call Merkel’s future coalition “uneasy” and “narrow.”

    While the AfD became the third largest German party,

    // Merkel’s conservative bloc emerged as the largest parliamentary party but, with just 33.2 percent of the vote, saw its support slump to the lowest since 1949 – the first time national elections were held in post-war Germany.

    Her main Social Democrat rivals also received their worst result since the 1940s—just 20.8 percent—after nearly half of voters repudiated the two parties that have dominated Germany since World War Two.

    With parliament now fragmented, Merkel appears likely to cobble together a tricky three-way coalition with a pro-business group and the Greens.



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