German Marshall Fund senior fellow Sudha David-Wilp on failed coalition talks, possibility of new elections


After the elections in September, a so-called “Jamaica Coalition” seemed likely. Now, after failed coalition talks between Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Green Party, the future is not so clear.

“This is a new precedent for Germany. Never has there been a situation where the country, in post-World War II Germany, faces the potential of forming a minority government or calling for new elections,” said Sudha David-Wilp, senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Berlin.

So what’s next for Germany? David-Wilp joins Monika Müller-Kroll to break down what went wrong and consider what could happen if there are new elections.

Photo by Steffen Voß.