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How will this result effect the Brexit negotiations if it results in Merkel adopting a stronger "Germany First" stance in an attempt to ward off the AfD?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Sep 24th, 2017 at 09:45:59 PM EST
Brexit didn't play in this election. Everybody is (at least emotionally) indifferent though maybe they shouldn't be.

Should Jamaica come to pass then we have the following: FDP (neo)liberal they don't have a problem with FoM (actually nobody has). Greens are somewhat "Europe First". CDU/CSU will find it difficult to make concessions in the 2nd phase of negotiations (if they are even inclined to) and why should they? UK is still undecided and legal/practical realities are forcing their position into the EU's vice.

However, when it comes to the overall direction/reform of the EU we have internal conflict potential. Greens are open to financial integration. CDU/CSU/FDO are not. Especially the FDP; they dont even want a banking union. It's been said that the FDP would be Macron's nightmare. Well, here they are. Expect stagnation on that front - as always.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Sun Sep 24th, 2017 at 10:38:57 PM EST
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Merkel's poll win unlikely to make much difference to Brexit, analysts say - Guardian
The FDP may be more pro-business, but ... It will use its few bargaining chips "very carefully, and almost certainly not on Brexit"

... The idea that Germany would buy into something "because of the number of cars BMW sells is misleading" ... Kundnani said Germany was indeed driven by economic interest, but its economic interest was "long term rather than short term ... which means preserving the cohesion of the EU and the single market"

... But the shape of the new German cabinet means wholesale eurozone reforms are on balance unlikely, analysts say. ... The FDP leader, Christian Lindner, made clear on Sunday night that any eurozone reform that entailed major fiscal transfers as part of a eurozone budget and cost Germany money would be "a line in the sand". The idea that Merkel can "try to push through some big new initiative that may not be popular ... It's not going to happen," ... many in Berlin reject any suggestion that reform, no matter how good for Europe and Macron, should come at a cost to Germany.

Well if these guys say then it must be true...

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Mon Sep 25th, 2017 at 06:03:11 PM EST
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The Jamaica flag
A bipartisan committee of the Jamaica House of Representatives designed the Jamaican Flag which consists of a diagonal cross with four triangles placed side by side. The diagonal cross is gold; the top and bottom triangles are green; and the hoist and fly (side) triangles are black.
While gold might be more appropriate for the FDP, I thought they were usually represented as yellow.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Sep 25th, 2017 at 07:04:22 PM EST
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