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Will the German Elections Bring Back the Old Kingmaker?

Will the German Elections Bring Back the Old Kingmaker?

However, the enthusiasm for the party's new leader, former head of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, proved temporary, and the SPD is unlikely to do much better than its score in previous elections (23% in 2009 and nearly 26% in 2013). It is polling 8 per cent to 10 per cent in surveys, while Dr Merkel's conservatives are on around 37 per cent.

"I'm not convinced by Martin Schulz; he's not a plausible candidate", Warzecher says.

Discussions about such issues were put on hold until after the May 2017 French presidential and parliamentary elections, and again put on hold until after the German elections. "The forces of populism are rapidly rising within the country", Harvard academic Yascha Mounk wrote. Currently, 22.5 percent of all people in Germany are migrants or have at least one parent who is an immigrant. It is the world's leading industrial nation in a number of sectors, including automotive, life sciences, agri-tech, software and engineering services.

Written next to her soothing, familiar face are the words: "For a Germany in which we live well and happily". Perhaps the principal reason for Germany's dominance in the European Union is its net contribution to the European Union budget, some 14.5 billion euros net in 2015, dwarfing all others except the UK. However, as part of its aim to further diversify Irish trade post-Brexit, the Government plans to build on this solid ground and increase these numbers.

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In an era of political earthquakes, the contest for control of Europe's economic powerhouse has barely caused a tremor. Her Christian Democrats are projected to win up to 40 percent support against 25 percent for the second party, the Social Democrats.

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With nine days to go before the election that she is projected to win, Merkel criticised the SPD for failing to adopt a clear stance on the three-way coalition.

Even so, some Greek observers worry a new coalition, potentially including liberals who oppose a European Monetary Fund to make emergency loans and who have suggested it might be best for Greece to leave the eurozone, could throw up fresh concerns for Athens. A victory for Merkel would reaffirm Bill Clinton's slogan when he first ran for office during a sluggish period for the American economy: "It's the economy, stupid."The German chancellor is heading for a fourth term in office because she has refused to compromise on her centrist principles and has presided over a booming economy".

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German voters sometimes split their ballots to give their preferred coalition extra support: They give their first vote to a direct candidate from one of the two main parties - the CDU and its Bavarian sister party CSU or the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) - and the second vote to a corresponding smaller partner such as the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP), the left-leaning Greens, the far-left Die Linke or the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). Her Indian counterpart, PM Modi has faced similar domestic and regional challenges, but emerged as a promising leader, representative of strong national aspirations. "Merkel wants to manage the past, we have to shape the future". However, Chancellor Merkel has stressed that the negotiations are very much between the United Kingdom and the remaining 27 European Union member states as a whole and it will be for the EU's negotiators in Brussels to forge the deal with the UK.

A government led by Martin Schulz, on the other hand, will not hamper India-Germany relations per se, but may have an effect on India-EU relations.

But for many Germans, and others, Angela Merkel has been a major factor in ensuring present-day Germany is viewed with respect and admiration, much of it attributed to her calm and unflappable leadership over the past 12 years as chancellor of Germany.

Ahead of Sunday's federal election in Germany, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) rally looks right at home in front of the palace in Braunschweig.

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Backed by 100 per cent support of delegates in March, he pulled his party nearly level with the CDU.