A German Coalition of the Losers

German politics is unusual, but the existing spectacle of the most significant losers from very last year’s election doing a tango to form an unpopular coalition govt is something else. The country’s least profitable celebration, the Social Democrats (SPD), is calling the shots on policy—and tearing itself apart in any case.

Recall that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and the SPD had been the main victims of September’s vote. Mrs. Merkel dropped ample seats to make it all but extremely hard for her to form a authorities, as voters&#8230