Focus (the German news magazine) brought up an interesting short analytical piece this morning.
The new Merkel-led coalition government is in full swing now.....and you'd expect some really good numbers. Well....they don't exist.
A polling group at YouGov (the institute) covered Germany, and found only 11-percent of the public buys off on this coalition being good or very good.
43-percent of the public says the new coalition is average or mediocre.
Then you come to 39-percent who rate the government as bad or really bad.
If you were looking for a bad sign on public skepticism.....this is where you'd start.
As for the SPD public numbers? They are pulling around 17-percent right now....having bumped up two points in the past month. The AfD still holds strong at 15-percent, and the Greens hold at 11-percent. Linke Party? 11-percent. FDP at 8-percent.
What all of this leads onto? Both major parties are desperate to get immigration and migration off the public view, and for the rest of 2018, I expect dumping Hartz IV (the welfare program) to be topic number one.
The problem with the dumping....you'd have to come up with at least a billion to two billion extra Euro to 'gift' people to a higher rate of welfare. That means more taxes and the public will quickly grasp how this gimmick will work. The sad thing is that they will probably end up with a slightly enhanced welfare program where everyone on the program gets a 15-percent bump-up, and job-wise....no better improvement.