24 September 2013

Told in Newspaper Pictures: The German Election

Wolf Schäfer

Newsblackout in the United States: Neither CNN nor the New York Times reported Sunday night on the German election results although the time difference would have made that very easy. The next morning brought no NYT headline, only a short article on page 4. Here is Monday morning in Germany:

TheDayAfterGerman newspapers show a triumphant Merkel. source: © Wolf Schäfer

And “Merkel über alles” all over Europe as well:

EuropeanReactionEuropean newspapers show a triumphant Merkel. source: © Wolf Schäfer

The German verdict on Tuesday according to the liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung published in Munich. Die schwarze Republik – the black republic – refers to the color associated with the conservative “sister parties” CDU and CSU:

SZSüddeutsche Zeitung, 24 Sept. 2013, p. 1. source: © Wolf Schäfer

Note that East and West Berlin are still reflected in the election results:

SZAusschnittBerlinSüddeutsche Zeitung, 24 Sept. 2013, p. 1. source: © Wolf Schäfer

However, the CDU gained even in East Berlin:

BerlinerMorgenpostBerliner Morgenpost, 24 Sept. 2013, p. 1. source: © Wolf Schäfer

Angela Merkel is the big winner. She is likely to enter into a coalition with the SPD, which will make her political life easier since the SPD will dim the influence of the Bavarian CSU, her permanent coalition partner. The biggest loser is the liberal FDP. Both results are depicted by the Tagesspiegel, the leading newspaper in Berlin, which headlined, “Merkel approaches the SPD … and the Liberals disappear”:

TagesspiegelDer Tagesspiegel, 24 Sept. 2013, p. 1. source: © Wolf Schäfer

The conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung showed the faces of the FDP leaders that lost. Am Boden zerstört in the caption means “totally destroyed”:

FAZFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 24. Sept. 2013, p. 1. source: © Wolf Schäfer

The business newspaper Handelsblatt reflected the FDP debacle with a cartoon of Hans-Dietrich Genscher – iconic FDP politician, Vice Chancellor and German Foreign Minister from 1974 to 1992 – and the headline “Liberalism, without a home”:

Handelsblatt2Handelsblatt, 24.Sept. 2013, p. 1. source: © Wolf Schäfer

Die tageszeitung (an “alternative” newspaper commonly called “taz” and published in Berlin) showed Merkel as the cannibalistic Brothers Grimm witch under the headline “Merkel searches for a new coalition partner”:

TAZtaz.die tageszeitung, 24. Sept. 2013, p. 1. source: © Wolf Schäfer

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