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Who will Angela Merkel work with?

A German big coalition sits far inside. Will the two big parties still come together?


Who will rule Germany over the next four years? The quarrel has gone, and is still going. Nothing is clear, neither who becomes chancellor, nor which parties should be included in the government.

Three theoretical alternatives are on the table. One is a coalition between the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Free Democrats. But the leader of the Free Democrats, Guido Westerwelle, has stated that such cooperation is not relevant. The Greens' Joschka Fischer, for his part, has said that he is not interested in a coalition between the Greens, the Free Democrats and the Christian Democrats / Christian Socialists – and certainly not under Angela Merkel.

It has led some to wonder whether the Greens, who have so far collaborated with the Social Democrats, may be willing to change sides under a different chancellor than Angela Merkel. But it . . .

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