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Merkel urges parties to dialogue

On Sunday, Angela Merkel called on German political parties to overcome their divisions after the legislative elections, as difficult negotiations began to try to replace them and form a new government.

«We must continue to shape our country. We can argue about how exactly to do that in the future, but we know (…) that we have to listen to each other and have a dialogueAngela Merkel said at the annual celebrations of German reunification in 1990. She is due to retire from politics when a majority is found in Parliament, which could take several months.

«We have differences but we also have things in common. Be prepared to meet others, be interested in others (…) and be able to deal with differencesShe added in this speech in Hala (East), “This is the lesson of 31 years of German unityThe allure of Angela Merkel’s foot was crystal clear. His speech actually came as exploratory discussions between political parties began on Sunday in an effort to form a new government. They promise to be very difficult, raising fears of a prolonged phase of political paralysis in Germany.

After legislative elections, it is very likely that it will take a coalition of three parties – with very different platforms – to form a majority. The first since the 1950s, which can also be a factor of instability. The center-left of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the center-right of Chancellor (CDU and CSU) are vying for a week to try to form such an alliance.

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Environmentalists and liberals, “king makers”

Each camp is trying to co-opt environmentalists and liberals from the FDP (right), both of whom are in a position to”king makersThe leadership of the Social Democratic Party spoke with the Green Party and talked aboutvery good discussion“.The ecologists also allowed their preference to team up with the Social Democrats, which they welcomed.”Prepare to create a new beginning” In Germany.

On the contrary, Angela Merkel’s liberals and conservatives showed their closeness after their evening interview. The CDU spoke of “Very important commonalitiesbetween the two parties’ programmes. The FDP acknowledged the existence of “few differences“And between them is what was mentioned.”far parkingwith the center left.

However, the most likely option currently in Germany remains the alliance between the Social Democratic Party, which led slightly by 25.7% in the legislative elections, environmentalists and liberals. It has the support of a clear majority (59%) of opinion, according to a poll of public television ZDF, while three-quarters of Germans want to see the leader of the Social Democrats, Olaf Schulz, in the Chancellery.

Worst result for conservatives

Even if he didn’t say his last word, the center-right came out very weak and divided over its electoral defeat. Its leader, Armin Laschet, is personally responsible for the worst electoral result (24.1%) achieved by conservatives in the history of modern Germany. Appears in lost time from office.

Its internal opponents, such as Frederick Mers or Jens Spahn, who advocate a more right-wing streak, are already in a position of succession. In this tense context, the German chancellor called for the essentials not to be overlooked. “Sometimes we take things lightly when it comes to democratic gains, as if we shouldn’t have done anything elseIn order to defend them, she lamented. “However, we are currently witnessing an increasing number of attacksShe said, referring to attacks on religious or ethnic minorities, as well as attempts todemagoguery to spread hatred and resentment without scruple or shame».

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Angela Merkel, at the annual celebrations of German reunification of 1990. Merkel also urged West Germans to show more “respect“With regard to their fellow citizens in the East, while legislative elections in this part of the country – the former communist East Germany – were marked by a strong right-wing vote, fueled by the feeling of part of the local population of being left behind. . The chancellor herself grew up in the former German Democratic Republic.

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