Merkel’s Bitter Victory

Angela Merkel has won a bitter victory in Germany’s general election. On the one hand, her Christian Democrats, expectedly, gained the biggest share of votes by far. On the other hand, the Christian Democrats, unexpectedly, only won 33 per cent of the vote, which is their worst result since 1949, and stands at more than 8 points below the last elections in 2013. In other words: The Chancellor has won the election, but she has lost trust as well.

In this snapshot we look at Merkel’s options for a new Government and discuss what it might mean for some current issues at EU level.

Martin Kothé is Managing Director at FTI Consulting in Berlin,  Arne Koeppel is Head of Research and Anjena Narang, Consultant at FTI Consulting in Brussels.

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