The implosion of the CDU marks the end of the era of stable two-way coalitions in Germany. The resurgent SPD is now faced with a dilemma: run the risk of deadlock together with the FDP and Greens, or strike out into the uncharted waters of minority government.
Albrecht von Lucke
is a lawyer, political scientist and editor of Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik. His latest book, Die schwarze Republik und das Versagen der deutschen Linken is published by Droemer (2015).
The entry of Alternative für Deutschland into the Bundestag is a watershed moment in post-war German history and an indictment of twelve years of Merkel: never before has an openly far-right party had a seat in the federal German parliament. An analysis by ‘Blätter’ editor Albrecht von Lucke.