Most Germans believe coalition should continue: survey
December 5, 2019
A majority of Germans support the continuation of Angela Merkel's coalition government, according to a new survey. New leaders of junior coalition partner the SPD have expressed skepticism about the arrangement's future.
A majority of Germans believe that Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government should continue, according to a new survey published on Thursday. The result comes a day ahead of discussions by junior coalition partner, the center-left Social Democrats, on the future of the coalition.
The long-awaited SPD party leadership election last week put a left-leaning, coalition-skeptic duo at the helm of the party.
According to the latest monthly Deutschlandtrend report published by German public broadcaster ARD and conducted by political research firm Infratest Dimap, the majority of those surveyed did not believe that the SPD's new leaders could improve the party's results at the polls. Only 22% of those asked believe that Walter-Borjans and Esken will manage to attract more voters to the party.
Kramp-Karrenbauer is widely touted as a possible successor to Merkel when the chancellor steps down following the next general election, scheduled for 2021. In her role as defense minister, she has been an ardent support of increased militarization of Germany and in increasing Germany's defense spending to bring it in line with NATO guidelines.
NATO currently advises countries to spend 2% of GDP on defense, a figure not all NATO countries have met. NATO estimates that Germany spent around 1.36% of its GDP on defense in 2019.
The survey shows that an increased but narrow majority of Germans support an increase in defense spending to 2%. It is unclear if and when this increase could take place.