German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party the Christian Democrats expanded their take of the seats in their legislature in recent elections.
German elections (as they seem to me ) are similar to those in the UK where a party leader becomes chancellor. But they are different in that in Germany you are allowed to 'split' your vote between two different parties, like in America. (I dont know if that is possible in the UK.)
Merkel and her party, in order to 'govern', needs to form a coalition with the other minority parties to reach a 'majority'.
The conservatives former ally the Free Democrats lost their voting power in the legislature by not meeting a cutoff threshold. This means Merkel's party (the CDU) may have to compromise some of their positions with any new partner.
What confuses me, and if someone from Germany or elsewhere can explain, if Merkel/the CDU form a government, what happens to their partner after government is formed?
Do they lose electoral strength as in the past?
Does Merkel and the CDU get carte blance to rule Germany as if the other parties no longer matter?
Why would the other parties give up their opposition power immediately in return for something temporary? Or is the government 'unpermanent'? When can the next election be held?
It does not seem to be a good idea to form a government other than for the biggest party, the CDU, or maybe its a great idea?
If anyone is curious about German elections without the political questions heres a video.