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Most Germans unhappy with squabbling government coalition

The Local · 21 Sep 2011, 11:34

Published: 21 Sep 2011 11:34 GMT+02:00

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The survey, commissioned by the magazine Stern and broadcaster RTL, shows around two-thirds of Germans are dissatisfied with the coalition’s performance in maintaining the stability of the economy and the euro.

The pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) in particular has recently been seen as feckless, despite Philipp Rösler taking over party leadership from current foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle.

The party was booted out of Berlin’s state parliament at the weekend and now has the support of just 3 percent of Germans nationally – a drop from 4 percent last week – according to the poll, which was conducted by Forsa.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) attracts 31 percent of support, which combined with the FDP’s disastrous performance, gives the government coalition just 34 percent – a full 14 points behind the potential replacement coalition of Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens.

The SPD scores 28 percent in the poll, while the Greens attract 20 percent of support.

Much of the frustration with the government seems to be driven by continuing economic instability in Europe and the seeming inability of political leaders to do anything about it. Markets have been fluctuating wildly and, in something that was once seen as unthinkable, there has been talk that Greece may be forced to pull out of the monetary eurozone, which has long been seen as a symbol of European unity.

Speaking of the FDP, Manfred Güllner, Forsa’s head, told Stern, “The change in leadership has not achieved anything.”

He said that Rösler should not get all the blame for the party’s travails. Instead, its long-term inability to get anything done should be questioned.

“In 2009, the middle class voted for the FDP because it promised to cut red tape,” he said. “It has done nothing since.”

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Given the problems with the FDP, only about half (54 percent) of Germans believe the ruling coalition will hold together until the next general election in autumn 2013. If it collapses before this, 70 percent of those asked said they would like to see early elections.

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Your comments about this article

13:02 September 21, 2011 by pepsionice
Just an obvious comment....you have to be awful naive to believe political parties ought to agree on things. Course, this is the land where nuke power was forbidden and folks sit around waiting for black-outs patiently.
13:24 September 21, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
> Just an obvious comment....you have to be awful naive to believe political parties ought to agree on things.

I think the point of the article is that 2 parties have agreed to a coalition, but still squabble, in public.

> Course, this is the land where nuke power was forbidden...

Not forbidden: planned to be phased out.
13:40 September 21, 2011 by freechoice
anybody wants to go back to Nazi dictatorships? No squabbles or disagreement there..
13:59 September 21, 2011 by auslanderus
Now Germany knows what the USA is like......
17:27 September 21, 2011 by neunElf
auslanderus, I don't understand your reference to America?

In Germany it is the coalition which is fighting among themselves , in America it is the opposition which is in disagreement with the government.

Not any different in Germany I believe!
21:06 September 21, 2011 by derExDeutsche
In order for it to be like the USA, there would have to be one party in every election, that in the eyes of the world could do absolutely nothing wrong, and one party that gets painted as the 'insane' 'crazy' devil incarnate. When the correct party wins, it is devine man from heaven, and they could invade Poland, and nobody including the Polish people bats an eyelash. The wrong party wins, they can't raid the fridge without 1,000,000 Germans in the street protesting. even when there isn't THAT much difference between the 2 parties. just media preference and influence. Ick bin ein Obama
09:08 September 22, 2011 by paul llewellyn
What I cant Understand and is Over my Head. Why Have the Germans Never had a Vote on the Euro ,or Europe. Its not Clear at all What is Happening in Germany and how the Structure of politics is leading the Country. the health System and its workers are not having a good deal ,and the majority of workers. .Its no good pretenting any longer the Government has to Lead the people or Else we dont have nothing to go by.Its either greed thats Driving the re Bailing out or the stupid Idea that Germany can Still Keep Bailing out the Other so Called Default countries.Why wasnt this all sorted at the Begining ,the fisical and monetery situation.After all if you go to a bank ,you wont get collatoral unless you have a reasonable amount to cover the Loan.just like UK ,the politians can only talk about the Fragmentry Parties and whos in Whos out.This is no way to sort European Politics .I thought the European union was about Democracy.Where is it. Gone with the wind.
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