A supporter of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader and conservative candidate for chancellor Angela Merkel holds up a placard during a party convention in the southern German city of Nuremberg. (REUTERS/Alexandra Winkler)
After German Election Victory, Future Coalition Uncertain for Merkel
October 7, 2013,
Angel Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union party decisively won Germany's recent parliamentary elections, but failed to capture a majority of seats, forcing the chancellor to form a governing coalition with another party. The question remains: will she be able to form a coalition and if so, with whom? Brookings's Center on the United States and Europe and the Heinrich Böll Foundation of North America recently held an event, moderated by CUSE Director Fiona Hill, to analyze Germany's direction post-election.