The German elections are taking place in a few days’ time, on September 26. On this day, Germany will elect a new Bundestag, the German Government. Not long after this, Angela Merkel will also resign from her post as Chancellor of Germany.
However, there have been a number of questions about the upcoming election in Germany.
Political scientist Tilman Mayer has spoken to Online Focus if the parties of Germany cannot agree on a coalition, as he said: “In itself it is inconceivable that coalition alliances will not come about at all.
“There are four to five such ways of achieving three-way alliances, so that there would have to be a hit among them – for example the traffic light or Jamaica coalition.
“In both alliances, the Greens and the FDP would play a major role.”
The issues which may arise from the potential of a coalition is how different the parties are.
Mr Mayer said: “Both parties belong to liberalism in the broadest sense, but the Greens also stand for other ideological issues such as feminism, pacifism, anti-nuclear movement, etc.”
Mr Mayer has also focused on the Chairwoman of the Greens, Annalena Baerbock saying: “And recently, perhaps due to the election campaign, the tone of chairwoman Annalena Baerbock has become much sharper, focusing on distancing themselves, especially from the CDU / CSU.”
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He said: “The liberals still obey the liberal creed, which is rather remote from the state, of appreciating the freedom of entrepreneurial activity in the economy and society.
“For them, a state climate policy, which is not very liberal, is essential.”
Despite this, Mr Mayer has pointed out similarities between the parties.
“The two liberal parties have something in common in terms of civil and human rights thinking.
“Realpolitical attitudes towards China, as practiced by the Chancellor, are difficult to link with these two parties.
“Classic left-wing assumptions such as tax increases or state-mandated or controlled minimum wages separate the parties especially strongly at the moment.
But these differences, according to Mr Mayer, is why Angela Merkel has been rumoured to have already prepared her New Year’s speech as he said: “Alliances made up of three parties require a high degree of sovereignty and willingness to compromise.
“A lot of time is needed for this after September 26.
“That is why it is already said that the Chancellor is supposed to prepare her New Year’s speech.”
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.