Germany's Merkel sees case for European fund to aid reform

Germany's Merkel sees case for European fund to aid reform”

Barring a few boisterous protests, election campaigning has been a civilized, even tedious, affair, with chancellor Angela Merkel neatly neutralizing her opponents on the road to what now looks like a guaranteed fourth term.

A poll released by the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday showed Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), were ahead of its nearest rival with 36 percent of the vote. There are no visible differences between Merkel and Schulz. In 1998, SPD leader Gerhard Schroeder chose to form a coalition with the environmentalist Greens, a relative newcomer to German politics. Ireland's membership of the EEC, and later of the EU, allowed us to diversify and look to a wider European market.

Germany has 299 districts, and each one has a representative in the Bundestag.

The Nazis ruled Germany from 1933 to 1945, during which time they killed 6 million Jews in the Holocaust and invaded countries across Europe.

"China has grown to become an evermore important partner for Germany", said Juergen Hardt, a close Merkel ally and her government's coordinator for transatlantic policies, in an interview with South China Morning Post.

With opinion polls putting its support at between 8% and 12%, the group could become the country's third-largest party.

Ironically, as Germans prepare to vote on September 24, a candidate from Merkel's CDU ruling party has prominently plastered electoral posters everywhere quoting former U.S. Barack president Obama: "If I could vote, I'd vote for Merkel". "Domestically, her party will probably engage in a lot of infighting about the course of the conservative party whenever she decides to step down or not run for office anymore", said Sebastian Feyock, an analyst at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin.

He said both China and Germany quickly recognised that Trump was scoring one own-goal after another with his isolationist "America First" agenda, creating openings for China and Germany. The shadow of President Donald Trump also looms over the election. As Europe's largest economy, Germany must play a leading role in fostering and developing prosperity across the European Union.

"The political calm that has so widely been celebrated both within and outside Germany is rather more vulnerable than it seems".

Sahra Wagenknecht, a candidate for the Left Party, has pledged to vote against any AfD members who represent "Nazi views" being elected to positions of responsibility in the new parliament. "But I don't see for the moment a convincing case for a European tax". A committd European, Chancellor Merkel has always been a champion of European ideals such as universal civil rights and a protector of the European "four freedoms", especially freedom of movement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's favorite animal is a hedgehog. 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. It is not inconceivable that the current Grand Coalition between Germany's two biggest centrist parties, the CDU and the SPD, will continue. But if opinion polls are proved right, its ability to influence political events in the country may not be as strong as it used to be.

As an election campaign instance of Merkel's understated but firm leadership, Turkey's increasingly despotic President Erdogan declared last month, "all my countrymen in Germany: the Christian Democrats, SDP, the Green Party are all enemies of Turkey".

On the other side, if the Greens were to be part of the next coalition, they could pull Merkel more to the left.

Ultimately, while even a CDU-led government looks unlikely to fulfil the 2% pledge anytime soon, the budget for the Bundeswehr will nearly certainly rise.

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