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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:41 am    Post subject: Germany's Merkel given an ultimatum ... Reply with quote

"Can’t Work With That Woman Anymore": Merkel Handed A Two-Week Ultimatum On Her "D-Day"
by Tyler Durden
Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:10

Adding insult to injury, one day after Germany's historic loss to Mexico (which resulted in a man-made earthquake in USA's southern neighbor), Europe's most important country is facing the "Destiny Day" to a political crisis like no other in its recent history.

For almost 13 years as chancellor, Handeslblatt writes this morning, Angela Merkel managed to outmaneuver all rivals, schemers and plotters.

"But her time could finally be up."

Two of her Christian-Democratic predecessors, Konrad Adenauer and Ludwig Erhard, fell from power not after losing the electorate, but after losing the support of their own parliamentary bloc. That may now be Merkel’s fate, too.

Today, the top brass of her party, the CDU, and its Bavarian frenemies, the CSU, are meeting separately in Berlin and Munich, to agree on a common course about the coming days and weeks, however chances of a deal appear increasingly remote: according to Handelsblatt, Horst Seehofer, the CSU’s boss, federal interior minister and perennial Merkel gadfly, told one newspaper that he "can’t work with that woman anymore." [....]

Two points -- this is a direct result of her immigration policy. She is a very accomplished politician with a great record of success -- until she threw the gates open to a million or more Moslem immigrants.

The second -- the public withdrew its support from her in the last election, but she has survived until now, and kept her policy in place throughout. It's because of the proportional representation built into the German system. It protects politicians from public opinion.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Angela Merkel is a political rarity in today's world if only for the fact her personal approval (even now) is nearly 20% higher than that of her parties.

Within that bloc only Peter Altmaier's personal popularity comes close to Merkel.

While the CDU/CSU are certainly within their rights to threaten to replace her, it would certainly put to the test the theory of if CDU/CSU victories are a product of Merkel or Merkel is a product of the CDU/CSU.

If they do replace her the only saving grace would likely be that the SPD (Their grand coalition partners) are in no rush to go to the polls being down about 5% from where they were last time and with a very new leader in place.

There is also the issue that with the continued popularity of AfD the odds of the CDU/CSU being able to form government with any combination of like parties (other than the SPD) that didn't include AfD would likely be impossible.

The brass within the CDU certainly picked their spot.
Will be interesting to see what happens
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