Left-Wing Coalition?

Moving Against Merkel

Angela Merkel attends a memorial service for the victims of a Munich shooting spree. Source: Getty Images
Angela Merkel attends a memorial service for the victims of a Munich shooting spree.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s popularity has waned, but she’s still the candidate to beat in Germany’s 2017 federal elections.

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    Facts

    • Chancellor Merkel’s center-right Christian Democrats and the center-left Social Democrats currently govern in a “grand coalition.”
    • With 48 percent support, Ms. Merkel is ahead of Social Democratic party leader Sigmar Gabriel by 33 points as the favored candidate for chancellor.
    • But the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party could use their 10-seat majority over their conservative rivals to oust Ms. Merkel in a vote of no confidence.
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The Social Democratic Party, the junior partner in a grand coalition led by Angela Merkel, may seek to force a vote of no confidence and oust her as chancellor before the general elections.

Political insiders say the Social Democrats might rally the other left parties in parliament to oust Ms. Merkel, who has come under heavy fire for her open-door immigration policy, which many blame for the recent wave of terror attacks in Germany.

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