Financial Times contributor Wolfgang Munchau headlined “Merkel’s almost total political triumph,” saying:
“Just a few votes shy of an absolute majority was the best conceivable result Angela Merkel could have had.”
“It was an electoral triumph of the kind that are extremely rare in German politics.”
“She has achieved all her electoral goals. She will stay in power – of that there was really never any doubt.”
“But she also secured her other goal – to make it impossible for the three parties of the left to form a coalition against her during the next parliamentary term.”
Germany’s so called left is as pro-business/anti-populist as right of center parties. Munchau didn’t explain. “The CDU will always have a choice of coalition partners,” he said.
“While (he) disagree(s) with almost all her economic policies, (he) cannot hide (his) admiration for her political ruthlessness.”
German newspaper Die Tageszeitung calls her “the worst chancellor in the country’s post-war history.” She’s that and then some. Retaining her “is bad news for Europe.”