The Pfalz state government came together yesterday....SPD partners with the Greens and FDP. The situation is stabilized for the next five years.
This is an odd point for the SPD chief in the Pfalz....Malu Dreyer. She ran a successful campaign and had decent numbers for an ailing political party.
There's been talk that she ought to be pushed up to the national level and run as the SPD Chancellor candidate in the 2017 election.
Normally, you'd think that she'd grab onto the opportunity and run. Well....health issues exist. She has Multiple Sclerosis. It's taken a lot of effort to get her through the campaign period of 2016. Some people have doubts that she'll still be around as a active political figure in 2021 when the next election comes up in the Pfalz.
It's a curious set of cards that have been dealt to the SPD Party. Their one and only election where they can stand and brag.....carried on mostly by a candidate who is using an enormous amount of energy to make public appearances and deliver crisp four-star speeches. And she can't be of use for the national stage.