German elections 2013: Don't mention Europe


The European Union’s economic and financial challenges left the bloc in no doubt that its most populous member state is also its most politically powerful. On 22 September 2013, Germans will decide in a federal election whether that power remains within its current ruling conservative coalition led by incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), or whether to entrust it to the Social Democrats or a new coalition. In the run up to the elections, Europe has largely remained off the agenda.

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Germany, with a population of nearly 82 million, has seen its influence in the European Union grow significantly in recent years as it has weathered the economic storm perhaps better than any other member state. Having recovered from a recession in 2008, the country narrowly dodged a repeat slump at the start of 2013. Now the German economy appears to be on the up, with economic indicators looking solid.

Angela Merkel, as current keeper of Germany’s most coveted political position, the chancellorship, has become the figurehead and perceived key decision-maker of the EU’s response the eurozone’s sovereign debt crisis. Protestors in the southern economies hit worst by economic stagnation have held up banners decrying the impacts of “Merkel austerity”, the chancellor’s campaign to shave sovereign debt by cutting public spending.

But in her home country, analysts say that Merkel is enjoying an unusual spell of popular support due to her handling of the eurozone crisis.

Most parties have eschewed European issues in their election campaigns, perhaps to avoid taking politically unpopular issues in a country that has largely bankrolled bailouts of other EU states.

Disputes have flared among political allies on the banking union and deeper integration, with the feeling being that the subject is too divisive for their electoral campaigns.



Val Martin's picture

Hi. We were told to support EU membership because inter alia it would balance Europe where Britain and Germany held too much power. Now we see that the EU has put Germany top of the power pile. This is dangerous considering Germany's past tendency to go crazy every now and then. The EU embarked on a change to a low carbon economy without carrying out the legally binding Strategic Environmental Impact assessments. Scientists and engineers forecast wind and solar energy cannot work, but they were shunned and the opinion of green ideologists taken instead. These ideologists have no education or technical experience. The result is energiewende = energy swindle. Germany is leading this and leading us all into medieval style hardship.

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I dont speak, Dutch. Laugh. I dont understand any language other than English ans Gaelic

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The compliance committee of the United Nations UNECE have ruled the EU and Ireland and the UK to be in breach of its legally binding obligations to carry out the required assessment on their renewable energy programme. If they did they would soon realise that it is impossible to replace conventional fossil fuel and nuclear power generation with wind and solar.

2000 mega watt of wind farms used 42,065 mw of grid power in 2012, enough to power 9,000 homes. Wind causes the existing power plant to run inefficiently so you were better with no wind at all, Consumers still must pay for it. Its a swindle.

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In the German bite, North See, they are using diesel generators to supply power to the wind turbines because there are no connection from the mainland to the off shore turbines.

Germany is selling power to vital industries at a discount to keep them from moving abroad.