Germany has stopped being bored. But it does not seem to be too happy about it. All of a sudden, we have a situation unheard of in the history of the Bundesrepublik, which is now left without any possible parliamentary majority. After several weeks of negotiations, no coalition can be set up to form a new government.
Two alternatives loom on the horizon: a minority government or early elections.
The first could only function as a disguised form of a Grand Coalition, but the clear support by Martin Schulz for the second option seems to rule out this possibility.
Early elections, in any case, would be an anomaly and uncharted territory, but one which the secretary of the Social Democrats would choose to face rather than settle for the poor results achieved by the SPD in the last elections. To our German friends, we say: Welcome to the political climate of the Mediterranean.