Merkel’s Quest for Consensus – NYTimes.com

Governing, parliamentary style–German edition.

More than two months after she triumphed in national elections, Chancellor Angela Merkel still has no new government. Even in a nation attuned to much political theater before dueling parties reach consensus, patience is wearing perilously thin

via Merkel’s Quest for Consensus – NYTimes.com.

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3 thoughts on “Merkel’s Quest for Consensus – NYTimes.com

  1. The Social Democrat’s predicament is striking in similarity to the predicament Republicans are in. Both are losing popular support they once comfortably enjoyed. Both have been faced with political decisions that, depending on how they vote(d), affected their public image. Republicans with their handling of the shutdown and SPD with the coalition government. It is a thin line to walk, between political determination and public support. I think the SPD’s best bet is to take the risks that come with a coalition than to not be part of the coalition. With the coalition, things COULD turn out badly. Without the coalition, things WILL turn out badly.

  2. alexkhirst says:

    I thought this article was interesting, especially because of the struggles that occur in a multi-party system. The most difficult issue that the Social Democrats face is trying to maintain a strong party image, while at the same time cooperating within a coalition. While I agree with the previous comment that the issues at hand in the Germany party system are similar to the American political system, the fact that the legislative system is divided makes the system even more difficult to work with. Thus, the Social Democrats have no choice, but to cooperate within the coalition or their parliamentary control will be lost.

  3. madeleineary says:

    This article demonstrates the most potent issues facing parliamentary government. It trades stability for representation. Which is more important? Germany is not the only country to have decided that representation is the greater of the two, in spite of the fact that other democratic forms of government exist. In fact, if we look at the governmental systems of the majority of countries in the world adopted the parliamentary system and chose to deal with the fairly problematic issue of the government being dependent on tenuous coalitions, compromise and questionable deals. Their parliamentary system also has the issue of certain parties having an abnormal amount of power disproportional to the quantity of people who support them. The largest issue is exactly what this article points out: as the government continues to disagree and not form a coalition, public trust and support of the current system wanes. Such an issue has to be addressed if the government hopes for support of their policies and programs.

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