Austria is set to move to the right in Sunday’s elections with conservative Sebastian Kurz expected to become Europe’s youngest head of government and form a coalition with a right-wing party.
Chancellor Merkel says a deal within her conservative bloc on limiting migrants would help forge a new government coalition, but one of the key partners, the Greens, is skeptical.
The number 2 figure in Austria’s ruling SPÖ is resigning over a smear campaign against the main conservative party’s leader, adding to a sense of disarray on the center-left of politics weeks before the elections.
Poland’s governing conservatives have set up a parliamentary committee tasked with looking into the extent of World War II reparations they claim is owed by Germany, the new body’s head said Friday.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) defectors Frauke Petry and her husband Marcus Pretzell fed speculation on Wednesday that they might form a group to rival a party they now describe as overly “radicalized.”
Germany’s hardline finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble is to leave his post to become speaker of the new parliament following watershed elections at the weekend.
The Christian Social Union (CSU) was one of many old German parties to suffer at the hands of the AfD in the election. But Merkel’s Bavarian sister party has another problem — an upcoming state election at home. DW reports,
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated her intention to hold coalition talks with the Social Democrats (SPD), despite leader Martin Schulz saying the party would not enter the government and instead go into opposition.
Chancellor Merkel’s CDU remains the largest political force in Germany, but suffered a record loss in today’s elections. Her socialist coalition partner lost support as well, while the AfD (12.6 percent) became the third-largest force in the Bundestag.
The AfD has unsettled the moderate politics of postwar Germany with its anti-immigrant rhetoric, unabashed nationalism, and winking gestures embracing the country’s Nazi past.