A Christmas Government for Germany

If it takes as long to form a coalition as last time, there might just be one in place for the end-of-year holidays

It may be the middle of December before Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new government is in office following the Sept. 24 elections, judging by recent history. The Social Democrats are unwilling to see a repeat of the current “grand coalition,” which required 86 days to form four years ago. The alternative is a three-way tie-up between her Christian Democratic bloc, the Free Democrats and the Greens: a formula untested at the national level and with significant policy differences to overcome.

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