Last week was important, so I need to back track a little bit.

Sunday– The elections.

Angela Merkel (CDU) was re-elected as the chancellor of Germany. Some partied, some shrugged, some cried. Like all elections, some people felt it was the end of the world while others praised the Lord.

The crazy thing about this election is that she almost received “Absolut Mehrheit (absolute majority),” meaning that the Christian Democratic Union could have run Germany on its own, meaning without making any coalition with other parties. She was so close, which scared many Germans, but she still has to make a coalition.

It will be super interesting to see who will make a coalition with the CDU party, now that the FDP is no longer in the federal government.
FDP: The Liberals
The FDP was a party that only got 4.8% of the vote in Germany, so they did not make it into the federal parliament. You have to get 5% of the vote in Germany to make it. This was HUGE for Germany, because the FDP has been in parliament the longest than any other party and this is the first time of the party’s existence (since 1948) to not be in the federal government. The FDP always held the balance of power in the Bundestag, making coalitions with both the CDU and the SPD at times. 
So who are Angie’s choices?
This is everyone who made it into the federal government, along with the number of seats they have.

Her choices for making a coalition are:

Die Linke. The Left party.

“Sharing is fun: Millionaires–Taxes!”

Die Linke identifies themselves as a democratic socialist party, so they and the CDU are really on opposites ends. I don’t see them making a coalition.

Die Grüne. The Green party.

 We’ll bring new energy. And you?

For fair wages at the least. And you?

The Green party also leans far more left then the CDU, but if I were just looking at this from the party standpoints, I’d say CDU has the best chance to make a coalition with them. The green party focuses a lot on renewable energy, no fracking, transparency in food labels, etc., so I feel like the two parties would be able to work together better than others. But I am still a newbie at all of this, so who knows.

 and the SPD.

1. Same chance of education for everyone. Vote for the right to education!
2. Time for kids and a job. Vote for more kitas (daycares)! 
3. Who gives their all, must get more. Vote for an 8.50 euro minimum wage!

The SPD is the second biggest party in parliament, so it is less likely that they would make a coalition. Their coalition would be called the “Große Koalition” (the great coalition) since it would be the two biggest parties coming together. It’s happened a few times in Germany before, but it would be surprising to see that happen this round.

I’m a little behind on the news in Germany because of all the stuff that’s happening in America right now.

I’m thinking of those who are already feeling the impact of the government shutdown and I hope they will be okay. I am ashamed of Republicans in congress and especially ashamed of Mike Lee, our Utah senator, who has been making a giant fuss with his Texas senator pal, Ted Cruz. This is not fair to us.

Naja. Enough politics for the day.

Hope all of you are well.

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