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Merkel’s misfortunes
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grip on power is suddenly looking less certain. [Foreign Policy / Paul Hockenos
  • What was supposed to be a routine coalition talk to form Merkel’s new government has turned into a political crisis as talks collapsed, which could trigger another election. [NYT / Melissa Eddy and Katrin Bennhold
  • Merkel’s party, the center-right Christian Democrats, were unable to put together a coalition after another party walked out of talks and the left-leaning Social Democrats declined to ally themselves with the Christian Democrats, after getting trounced in this year’s elections. [Politico Europe / Janosch Delker]  
  • The big reason behind the breakdown of talks was Merkel’s past stance on immigration, agreeing to take in about 1 million migrants in 2015. Europe’s migrant crisis has become a flashpoint in multiple countries and has turned into a rallying cry for populist and right-wing parties in Germany, France, and Austria. [Reuters / Paul Carrel and Gernot Heller
  • Merkel herself is actually in favor of a new election, saying there’s no clear path forward with the current government. [NPR / Scott Neuman
  • But a snap election comes with a significant risk for Merkel: that her party could lose more seats and she would have to step down as chancellor. [Foreign Policy / Paul Hockenos
  • There’s also the chance that the far-right Alternative for Germany party could pick up even more seats in parliament. The AfD now hold 12.6 percent of parliament, 94 seats out of 709. [Bloomberg / Rainer Buergin
  • It also casts a shadow of uncertainty over the entire European Union, in which Germany has served as a leader for many years. It will mean less certainty around Brexit talks and eurozone negotiations between Germany and France. [Guardian / Philip Oltermann and Dan Roberts
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Merkel's problems seem to be the result of her enthusiasm for refugee intake on a large scale.
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Originally posted by max manewer max manewer wrote:

Merkel's problems seem to be the result of her enthusiasm for refugee intake on a large scale.

Ya reckon?
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Might be time to drag this one out again with Brexit due in March and the UK in chaos.
Good job Theresa!

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Having a plebiscite which only only needed a simple (ie only one vote) majority requirement for such momentous action.

Hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.  No winners, possible return of the IRA and Military Reaction Force/Ulster Defence paramilitary.

Scottish disenchantment: likely push for another crack at Independence. 

Parliamentary and Cabinet disarray: Boris J orchestrating the opportunity to bag his PM and push his (questionable) claims for Leadership.

All too late realization of the likely downside of the decision both in terms of Britain's relationship with Europe and the attendant strictures on meaningful trade and other agreements with Oz, Canada, wherever.

And that's just skimming the surface after a few minutes consideration.  Others will have far more to say one way or the other.

ps hopefully the Poms can, for their own sake, win the World Cup.  Because it'd almost certainly be the last Cup they'll ever have in the trophy cabinet of World influence. 


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Did anyone see/hear Julie Bishop's relatively recent address to the Oz-Pom organisation?

Totally brilliant and clearly without notes.

She described the (fictitious) determination of positions under May's leadership, as they went through the candidates for various Cabinet positions.

And so, according to Julie, when Boris Johnson's name was mentioned Teresa's immediate response was "fiddlesticks Ouch".

Which was misinterpreted by bureaucrats to mean "for Foreign Secretary" as they inked his name in.  And as they say, the Rest is History.
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Fiddlesticks of course meaning f/f/s. 
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Originally posted by Second Chance Second Chance wrote:

Did anyone see/hear Julie Bishop's relatively recent address to the Oz-Pom organisation?

Totally brilliant and clearly without notes.

She described the (fictitious) determination of positions under May's leadership, as they went through the candidates for various Cabinet positions.

And so, according to Julie, when Boris Johnson's name was mentioned Teresa's immediate response was "fiddlesticks Ouch".

Which was misinterpreted by bureaucrats to mean "for Foreign Secretary" as they inked his name in.  And as they say, the Rest is History.

"She's going through a growth phase." - GW
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