Angela Merkel and her CDU/CSU party won a resounding victory in Sunday’s elections with nearly 42 percent of the vote and is headed for a third term as German chancellor.
Merkel has already had contact with the leader of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) about the possibility of a ‘grand coalition.’
However, she may need to offer the SPD, which has major reservations about joining her in a repeat of their 2005-2009 coalition under Merkel, key cabinet posts in order to convince them. Such an arrangement promises to be challenging, as the SPD has been insisting on addressing the growing low-wage sector.
What impact will a grand coalition have on the European Union? What about Germany’s tough policy on bailouts of eurozone members in distress, in exchange for tough reform of their economies. Could it soften?