German Elections 2017 – Summary of How it Went Down

German elections 2017 has been a happening and shocking event. This has brought with it many unusual results. So, here is the summary of what went down in these elections.

WHAT WENT DOWN IN THE GERMAN ELECTIONS 2017

Angela Merkel to set to be German’s Chancellor for 4th Term

After getting a highlighted number of 33% votes in federal elections won by her center-right CDU/ CSU. This has made her party the largest in the Bundestag with an approximate number of 218 seats.

Lowering Down to Domestic Political Stage

The famous Christian Democrats scored distinctively low on the 41% vote it gathered in the former elections of 2013. This has been previewed as a big disappointment which is probably going to subside Merkel on the domestic political level.

Martien Schulz Statistics

Furthermore, her primary opponent and continuous coalition partners Martin Schulz’s social democrat SPD reduced to only about 20% and 138 seats.  After only a few minutes of the first exit poll, Schulz announced that the senior partners of the party are not in favor to move forward with the”grand coalition” with the CDU and chose to oppose it instead.

Anti-Immigration AFD

The anti-immigration AFD made a surprisingly well breakout by getting 13.5% of the vote and 87 projected seats. They have become the first every overtly nationalist part to make their way in the Bundestag in 60 years. Moreover, this party’s overall performance depicts the vital shift in German’s postwar politics. This is probably going to create a very different tone and direction in the Bundestag.

The After Effects of SPD Decision

Furthermore, the SPD decision to join the opposition in the parliament leaves Merkel with just one choice. The choice to form an alliance between the CDU/CSU and the pro-business FDP which scored around 10% and the Greens who got around 9% of the seats.  This known to be black-yellow-green Jamaica coalition worked only at the state level. It has never been tried at a federal government level. Hence, it can prove to be a risky negotiation.

Merkel Post Election Speech

According to Merkel’spost election speech, CDU had better hopes from the result they got.  Markel said that with reference to the 2015 migrant crisis. She named it as an “extraordinary challenge” which has not been able to move the foundations of the German’s largest party. She swore to listen to the voters of AFD in order to win them back with “good politics. This has surely been one of the highlights of German elections 2017.

AFD promised “Constructive Opposition”

AFD promised to be a constructive opposition. But the Greens are already complaining about the return of Nazis in the parliament. Moreover, Schulz said, during a traditional televised leader’s debate, that EU and the new government should stop ceding things to Britain because of Brexit. This includes the 2-year transitional period Theresa May requested for. FDP Christian Linder went through a  downfall to French President Emmanuel Macron’s vision for eurozone reform. Therefore, confirm that the part was against the fiscal transfers in the zone.

This is the latest summary of the German elections 2017. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Martha Salazar

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