LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, - September 7th, 2017 - The Economist today backs Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union in Germany’s federal election and urged her abandon her “grand coalition” with the Social Democrats (SPD) and form a new government with the free-market FDP and environmentalist Green parties. The endorsement will appear in print in the September 9th edition of The Economist and online today at https://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21728618-and-why-she-must-become-bolder-her-almost-inevitable-fourth-term-why-angela-merkel-deserves.
Germany has done well under Mrs Merkel’s leadership over the past twelve years. Its economy is booming and the chancellor has taken some bold decisions, like letting in some 1.2m migrants since 2015. But she has not prepared the country for the demanding future it faces. Germany’s infrastructure has been declining in value since 2012, for example, and it is falling behind other Western countries in the shift to digital economy. Its mighty car industry is in crisis. Mrs Merkel has dragged her feet on essential Euro zone reforms.
The Economist says this must change. If she is not to leave office with a mediocre legacy, Mrs Merkel must become bolder in her fourth term.
The leader suggests Mrs Merkel start by picking the right coalition partner:
“Another grand coalition threatens more sleepy stasis. Current polls suggest that a “Jamaica” coalition with the free-market FDP and environmentalist Greens (the three parties’ colours match those of the Jamaican flag) would also command a Bundestag majority. The FDP has few experienced figures but is energetic and forward-looking on subjects like digitisation. The Greens are a left-wing party, but with a centrist and keenly pro-European leadership. Such a coalition would stand a better chance of shaking things up in Germany.”
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