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12 February, 2018
Support for Germany’s mainstream parties implodes, Die Welt reports
Photo: A carnival float shows Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as black widow at the traditional "Rosenmontag" Rose Monday carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, February 12, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Thilo Schmuelgen
‘A grand coalition was never so unloved’
The first national voter poll in Germany (by INSA) after negotiations concluded for a grand coalition government show a collapse of voter support for the participants, the Christian Democrats (with less than 30% of the vote) and the Social Democrats with a record low of 16.5% of the vote — statistically indistinguishable from the 15% support for the hard-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). In national elections held last September, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU received 33% of the vote and the Social Democrats got 20.5% of the vote.
The head of the polling organization told the newspaper Bild, “The CDU and SPD have to fear new elections. A grand coalition never was so unloved.”
If new elections were held today, the two largest parties together wouldn’t have a majority between them.