Philipp Wittrock in der Spiegel on the German collapse, wel the collapse of the so-called Jamaica coalition talks:
"The reason for the collapse is clear: The parties involved failed to forge the one thing that is indispensable to keep such an alliance together: trust. And trust, it goes without saying, is the single most important currency in politics. Without trust a coalition cannot work."
"Sunday night, in short, was a loss for everyone. And for Germany."
Read the article here.
Would Mr. Wittrock have preferred a coalition without trust?
Balance of power is based on well-understood distrust?
Trust is too much to be asked for, but a little bit less paranoia would be pleasant.