Germany's big parties suffer small drop in support


Germany's big parties suffer small drop in support

Four smaller parties are billed to be taking up places in the Bundestag: the FDP, Alliance90/Greens, Die Linke and AfD. The environmentalist Greens stood at 8 per cent. That would leave Germany marked by a more fractured political landscape. The FDP failed to clear that hurdle in 2013 in a humiliating defeat for a party that enjoyed 64 straight years in the Bundestag and was part of 17 government cabinets. But the experience was short-lived and traumatic.

"We don't have too many problems". German voters get two votes: one for a candidate in their area, another for the party they support.

Parties that fail to get more than 5 percent of the nationwide vote or win fewer than three seats by direct election are excluded from parliament.

Notwithstanding Merkel's unquestioned humanitarian assistance for Middle East refugees and displaced persons, she is not unaware of the need to deal firmly with some risky and intolerable issues that arise on the global scene.

The decrease of various federal taxes to the tune of 30 billion Euros. These proposals are not very different from those of the CDU, which explains why both parties would be natural allies after the election.

"We have not had an answer to that question - would they be prepared to enter into a red-red-green coalition or not?" she said, referring to the left-wing parties' official colours. Its leader Christian Lindner told Bloomberg that other European Union countries needed to be responsible for their own fiscal policies, and that he was against a Franco-German alliance that would entail "pots of money" for Emmanuel Macron.

The party, which advocates the closure of Germany's borders and the introduction of a minimum quota for deportations, could now become the biggest opposition force in the national assembly if the current coalition of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) is returned, as polling indicates is likely. Instead, he said, the Kremlin should be rewarded for making "positive intermediary steps". Chancellor Merkel has also visited Ireland numerous times and was among the first Heads of State with whom new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar spoke following his election.

"The election will not have any impact on Germany-China relations", said Bernt Berger, a senior fellow and Asia specialist at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) think tank in Berlin. From his point of view, the European Union should be ready to reach compromises with London.

SPD leader Martin Schulz told supporters in the city of Freiburg yesterday that he would not be disheartened by the party's performance in the polls, one of which showed support for the SPD hitting an eight-month low of 20%. CSU members have suggested that Berlin improve its ties with Moscow and have pressured Merkel to toughen her migration policies. According to a poll conducted by the Emnid public opnion research center on September 16, the party enjoys the backing of some 11 percent of Germans and its popularity has slightly increased over the past several weeks. Much recently, under the "Make in India" initiative of the Indian Government, German Mittlesand (MSMEs) have been allowed fast-track entry into the Indian market.

However, things may not be so easy. Reporter Ilan Greenberg looks at how Russian media is trying to influence Germany's election by spreading stories that vilify immigrants and undermine confidence in Germany's political system. The Green party comes next, followed by the Left Party. Not to mention the time it would take to draw up a coalition agreement. For the first time since its creation in 1949, the Bundestag is predicted to host six different party delegations, meaning that focus in this election will be placed on consensus building.