Times of stalemate: a German MP’s story | DW Documentary

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Times of stalemate: a German MP's story | DW Documentary

Talks have collapsed for what would have been Germany’s first ever government coalition between the CDU/CSU, FDP and Green parties. Members of German parliament also question the right course: new elections, minority government or renewed negotiations?

At only 25, Philipp Amthor is the youngest directly elected representative in the German parliament. He won his district for the first time as a candidate for the conservative CDU party, but he might have to campaign again very soon. The talks surrounding the so-called ‘Jamaica coalition’ made up of the CDU/CSU, FDP and Green parties have broken down. Now, there could be new snap elections, of which Philipp Amthor takes a dim view. He supports a minority government with Angela Merkel as chancellor. Such a government has never occurred since the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany. Members of parliament are quarreling over the pros and cons of such a model, about alternatives and who is to blame for this mess. Philipp Amthor wants a quick solution. He believes that drawing out the formation of a government would be bad for Germany.

In Times of Stalemate One German MP’s Story a Report by Axel Rowohlt
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