Angela Merkel ‘will become a lame duck very quickly’ as she polls worse than Theresa May

Monday, September 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

ANGELA Merkel’s position as German leader is even more tenuous than Theresa may after she gained just 33 per cent of the vote.

Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Mrs Merkel, or Mutti, as she is known, has had per position massively weakened as a staggering 673 per cent of the nation DID NOT vote for her.

The 63-year-old will attempt to form a Government in the coming weeks following her Christian Democrat party’s worst results since 1949.

She emerged on Sunday with just 33 per cent of the vote, which made Theresa May’s 42.5 per cent in the British election look like a spectacular triumph by comparison.

However, Germany’s proportional representation system does make direct comparison notoriously difficult.

But, after her former grand coalition partners the Social Democrats said they wanted to go into opposition this time around, Mrs Merkel will have to start horse trading with the other parties – much like Mrs May had to do with the Ulster Unionists.

If, as expected, Mrs Merkel forms a coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats and Greens, she will need to satisfy a broader base and make a number of concessions.

That could leave her regime even more unstable than Mrs May’s, who relies on the DUP to prop up the Tories in Parliament after losing their majority at the last election.

Mrs Merkel said after Sunday’s result that she was hopeful of building a coalition, but warned it could take until Christmas to do so.

But industry leaders urged Mrs Merkel to move fast to build a government.

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