Publication Date: 
28 February 2017
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The Conversation

When Germany goes to the polls in the second half of 2017, there is a chance that the status quo will prevail. This is a country that accepts the idea of a grand coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic CDU/CSU, which also includes the main opposition party, the Social Democratic Party (SPD). But consensus politics cannot be assumed in the coming months.

After all, many Germans are dissatisfied with the significant size of Germany’s contribution to the EU budget and to its bailout funds. Many are also unhappy with the influx of refugees to Germany and the strain on state facilities, infrastructure, services and resources.