The outcome of German elections was not decisive. This is the reason why the name of the next chancellor will be unknown until the eagerly awaited meeting of the two main parties, that is, the Christian Democratic Party and the Social Democratic Party, takes place. Both parties should reach an agreement to put an end to the crisis the country is suffering.
Political egoism and disagreement characterized the first negotiations between the parties involved. But two formulas can be outlined: the first, that’s also the most likely, is about a “widened coalition” between the two great parties. But, in this case, who will the chancellor be? The second alternative is to put the two rivals, Schröder and Merkel, aside and choose a third person capable of bringing consensus to both parties. This second alternative should have been presented by German businessmen who are the most affected ones by this political crisis. No coalitions emerged before the elections between different parties with different platforms. Thus, selecting a chancellor (without rhyme or reason) as solution will undoubtedly worsen the situation in Germany because the country is suffering a crisis that needs exceptional governance.
However, what’s surprising here has been the foreign intervention in the conflict between German parties. Turkey, for instance, declared its support to the Social Democratic Party and to Gerhard Schröder in person, whereas the United States decided to support the Christian Democratic Party and its leader, Angela Merkel. In view of this, we should remember that the government of Ankara sent a backing message to those in charge of the SPD without forgetting that Turkish citizens in Germany, which represent 2.2 million inhabitants, can have a direct influence on every spheres here.

As Safir (Lebanon)

ألمانيا: هل هناك خيار ثالث؟”, by Ghassan Abou Hamed, Assafir, September 21, 2005.