Angela Merkel’s government finds itself in its deepest crisis since she became Chancellor in 2005.
The Social Democrats demanded that Chancellor Angela Merkel provide explanations concerning abuses while asylum and refugee status are being granted by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.
On 2nd May the German federal government adopted a draft budget and a financial plan for 2018–2022.
On 14 March, Angela Merkel (CDU) was re-elected Germany’s chancellor at the Bundestag. 364 votes were cast for her with 315 against.
SPD members have voted for the reestablishment of a grand coalition with the CDU in a postal vote which was held from 20th February to 2nd March.
The signing of the coalition agreement between the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats was intended to bring an end to the political crisis in Germany.
On 7th – 9th December the SPD held its convention in Berlin. Delegates reelected Martin Schulz as the party’s leader (with support at 82%).
On 30th November the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, met with the leaders of the CDU, CSU and SPD and urged them to form a grand coalition government.
Both in Germany and abroad, the commentary on the recent elections in Germany has been dominated by the analysis of the results scored by AfD.
Less than two months after the general elections, Germany is in a state of political crisis.