This is a political earthquake, not only for the Social Democrats but for the coalition negotiations, too.
Both parties have moved on the major issues at hand, and to an extent that they can turn around and sell the deal to their constituencies. That seems to be the main point here.
The party leaders will probably be able to get support of their members at the end of the day. But it's still a dangerous business.
We'll have to wait to see the content of the coalition agreement. It will be an important sign of whether the government is ready to undertake basic reforms or only reforms too small to get Germany out of a very difficult situation.
It will be a compromise. The Union will be able to push through fewer reforms than they planned to, or than we need.
In my perspective, the majority of the German population is still not ready to accept a real hard reform course.
It's a very mixed message from the voters. The majority of the population is still not ready to go through with a harder reform course. On the other hand, they know that things can't go any further with the red-green coalition government.
Experience has shown that state interests can be much stronger than party-political ties
They have collected protest votes, and the votes of people who normally don't vote.
[The SPD] are taking steps away from the Agenda 2010 and inserting symbolic, leftist elements, ... If you look at it that way, the Left Party has already succeeded.