Picture of the Day
German TV series, The Braun Family, won its category at the International Emmys in New York this week. The show is about the misadventures of a neo-Nazi who happens to be the father of a mixed-race child. Producer Beatrice Kramm said that the show tried to reach a wider audience with humor, but that neo-Nazism should be fought wherever it arose. Source:
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Brunt of the Blame
The head of the Green party’s parliamentary faction laid the blame for the collapse of coalition negotiations squarely on Christian Lindner, the head of the Free Democrats, in an interview with German daily, Tagesspiegel. Everyone had agreed to make serious compromises, Mr. Hofreiter said, when the FDP walked out. Polls taken around the country show that Germans agree, with 55 percent saying the breakdown is Mr. Lindner's fault.
Person of the Day
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told German media she won’t be stepping down, even though coalition negotiations have foundered. Rumors of new elections - to be held in late March next year – are already doing the rounds. Ms. Merkel’s own chief of staff Peter Altmaier says there must be clarity about next steps within three weeks. Source:
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Return to Polls
Almost half of Germans would prefer to see new elections held, a poll conducted by YouGov yesterday, found. Researchers asked over 2,800 locals what option they would prefer now that coalition negotiations had failed. Only 17 percent wanted to see a minority government and 20 percent wanted to see the return of the so-called “grand coalition” between Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats.