Merkel steps up anti-populist warning as polls show fringe gains

Merkel steps up anti-populist warning as polls show fringe gains

Merkel steps up anti-populist warning as polls show fringe gains

Attacking Mrs Merkel's campaign as "wooly", Mr Schulz said: "Angela Merkel is not good for the country and must be replaced". If the far-right AfD strengthens beyond the party's expected 10% of votes, she may remain in a coalition with the Social Democratic Party. It was among the first social media-based parties that did well in Berlin state elections six years ago, but according to its founder, placards were more powerful than the Internet in attracting voters. But it's also too simplistic to say that it has unambiguously weakened her, in part because her rationale-"Wir schaffen das", or "We can handle it"-was an expression of the potential for action, rather than simple, open-armed humanitarianism".

Depending on the shape of the coalition, the main issues at stake are the integration of the more than 1 million migrants who have arrived in Germany in the last two years, and investment in Europe's biggest economy as well as Merkel's leading role in talks on reform of the European Union and relations with Russian Federation and Turkey.

Without detailing how she wanted to develop the EU, Merkel delivered an impassioned defence of the European project, saying she regretted Britons' vote to leave the bloc.

What's more, when it comes to immigration, an issue polls show is top of mind for many Germans, the AfD is the only party prepared to take a hard line on admitting asylum seekers.

Citizenship applications from Britons leapt by 361% in 2016 as a record number of nearly 3,000 United Kingdom citizens became German, a figure that is is expected to be considerably higher this year, according to Germany's federal statistics office. But Merkel's open-arms policy to Middle East refugees has stretched her credibility with voters, who nonetheless respect her for keeping the national economy strong.

A coalition involving the FDP could limit her room for manoeuvre on pressing ahead with euro zone reform.

A minority government would be a first and stability-craving Germans would not like it but may prefer it to new elections. The Greens want a faster transition away from gas and diesel cars and a wealth tax on the rich - neither of which the conservatives are likely to swallow.

But they would have to take each other's differences into account, as well as those of other member states, in any broader plan.

HURDLES: The FDP was wiped out of parliament in 2013 after four chaotic years ruling with Merkel. There is an overall crisis of representation, expressed most specifically in widespread dissatisfaction with the two major parties, which have strategically positioned themselves as parties of the radical center over the last fifteen years.

For Decker's business, which serves 1,300 companies across the U.S., France, Britain and Switzerland, Merkel's open-door approach to immigration has been especially positive; Signavio has hired several Syrian refugees, as well as workers from European Union member nations such as Portugal and Greece, who fled their native countries during the debt crisis.

If Franco-German cooperation develops according to predictions and the already demonstrated commitment of Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, the European Union will become more resistant to unexpected events.

Rosenberger said numerous messages seen coming from the Sputnik-linked Twitter network reflect the positions of AfD.

Electoral arithmetic might yet push Merkel into another grand coalition with the SPD, or she may enter a three-way alliance with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and environmental Greens. He also likes their stance on migrants.

But she has kept her focus firmly on the centre ground, long a secret of her success. But as the number of eligible voters rises, their voice might become more significant. Merkel's options for coalition differ greatly on this subject, so her choice will give us an idea of the plans the CDU has for Europe.

"There is someone who wants to administer the past".

"But it was a bonus to know I could vote as well", she says. Elections are decided by older generations, which is why mainstream parties are frequently blamed for not focusing on the future and issues affecting younger people, such as education.

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