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Merkel’s last term: A Jamaica coalition

September 25, 2017
The German elections yielded a tectonic shift in the political landscape: (i) CDU/CSU and SPD, the partner in Chancellor Merkel’s grand coalition lost a combined 14pp (ii) for the first time since 1957 six parties managed to pass the 5%-hurdle. [more]

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September 6, 2017
As the highlight of a so far uninspiring election campaign, Chancellor Merkel and her SPD contester Martin Schulz exchanged arguments in yesterday’s TV debate. Given the huge audience of 16.2 m, i.e. 26% of the electorate, Schulz understood the debate as an opportunity to challenge the Chancellor and to reverse the SPD’s downward trend in the polls. While the chancellor remained in her cautious rhetoric Martin Schulz tried to seize his chances by attacking Merkel’s policy course above all on migration and foreign policy as well as equality – issues voters consider most important in surveys. [more]