Germany 2017: on the way to Jamaica?

Belgium, Brussels, 1000, Martens Centre, 20 Rue du Commerce
Tuesday, October 17 2017 / 12:30

 The  German  general  election  on  24th  September  produced  a  triple shock wave,  felt  beyond Germany  itself.  Dramatic  losses  were suffered by the Christian Democrats from the CDU, and their Bavarian sister  party  the  CSU  in  comparison  with  the  last  election  in  2013. Furthermore, the Social Democrats from the SPD endured a political nightmare, with their worst electoral performance ever.

For the first time since the foundation of the Federal Republic in 1949, a nationalist party entered Parliament and in doing so became its third largest group. While Angela Merkel is assured of becoming the next Chancellor, it will be extremely difficult to form a government. The only option appears to be a four-party coalition of the CDU, CSU, Greens and the liberal FDP. This  coalition  has  been  dubbed  'Jamaica'  due  to  the  colours  of  the respective parties. What are the factors that led to this result, what lies ahead in Berlin, and what will the consequences be for Germany and Europe?