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Germany's election result presents an odd paradox. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union is unquestionably the strongest party, and a new government without it is unthinkable. But both the CDU and its previous coalition partner, the Social Democrats (SPD), did poorly. Between 1924 and 1928, the moderate right was in a coalition government, and then suffered massively; after 1928, the SPD was similarly punished for joining a coalition.The election result will make a new coalition difficult to form. The most plausible – in fact the only – real alternative to a CDU-SPD grand coalition would be a larger grouping involving both the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens (a so-called Jamaica coalition, because the parties' colors are those of the Jamaican flag).A Jamaica coalition is not out of the question – and it could mean new policies for Germany.A new coalition is a way of showing how a new start in German politics could operate.
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