With the election just days away, Germany's traditional political partnerships could be fracturing.
The SPD-CDU coalition has been voted out in Berlin, opening the question as to who will govern alongside the Social Democratic Party which retained 21.5 percent of its vote share.
Germany's conservatives and Social Democrats favor a mutual candidate for the largely ceremonial office of president. The reason is political expediency. The problem: Can they find that candidate?
Viable coalitions in Berlin now need a minimum of three parties. The SPD has said it sees the most overlap with the Greens and the Left Party, although it will also talk to its current partner, the Christian Democrats.
Does Germany still have a Grand Coalition? Yes, it's even governing. But the parties are already gearing up for the election campaign on the only topic anyone's interested in – refugee policy. And that's not good.
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