Stella Dimoko German Chancellor Angela Merkel Stuck With The ‘Jamaican’Option


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Monday, September 25, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Stuck With The ‘Jamaican’Option

 Germany voted, the center held, stability won out and Chancellor Angela Merkel will stay in power, poised to extend her time at the helm of her nation to a staggering 16 years. Despite the win, Merkel and her ruling Christian Democrats, or CDU, while victorious in the federal elections, were not the faction celebrating the most on Sunday.

The “Jamaica” Option is a play on the three colors of the political parties in consideration, which happen to be stitched together in the Jamaican flag: The black of Merkel's CDU and their more right-wing sister faction in Bavaria; the yellow of the libertarian Free Democrats, who return to Parliament after a spell in the wilderness; and the green of, well, the Greens, a progressive party. The tripartite arrangement has worked at state-level, but has never been tried on a national level.

The problem for Merkel is that building this coalition will be no easy feat. Already, there are signs of trouble ahead: The Greens' views on issues such as energy, climate and refugee policy will almost certainly clash with the right-wing of Merkel's party as well as the neoliberal Free Democrats, whose leader on Sunday confirmed separately his opposition to proposed reforms to the euro zone that French President Emmanuel Macron wants to push through with Merkel's help.

Merkel will have to summon all her political savvy as a master of centrist, consensus governance to make the “Jamaica” coalition work. But, in the meantime, she faces a euphoric far right that's made a historic breakthrough in German politics, following in the path of other ultranationalist, populist parties in Europe, like France's National Front, and is vowing to “hunt” her in the coming years.

“Once a party gains access to parliament, chances become much lower that it will simply disappear again,” said Tarik Abou-Chadi, a comparative politics researcher at Humboldt University in Berlin, to my colleagues. “The election could remove the social stigma which has hampered other far-right parties in the past.”

There are still doubts over how far-reaching their impact may be, and how deep voter disaffection actually is. “AfD’s chances to expand its appeal further appear to be limited, however,” noted Noack. “A vast majority — about 67 percent of Germans — said in a Gallup poll conducted before Sunday’s vote that they were satisfied with their nationally elected officials.”

from Washington post.


  1. Anyhow, their country is good

  2. So Germany conducted a decent election within a single day without losing a single life to electoral violence. No houses burnt. No Orubebeism. Wow.
    That's a good reference for a functional democracy and electoral system.

    1. Please can you define "Orubebeism?"


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