After many months of tough negotiations, Germany has a new government.

The result is the return to office of a coalition of parties that most Germans voted for.

Yet this process has alarmed some British pundits - sometimes to the point of hysteria.

In November, Andrew Neil announced “Germany tonight in its biggest political crisis since late 1940s.

Whereas in the UK parties can win a majority of seats on little more than a third of the vote, in Germany the share of seats a party wins broadly matches the share of the vote it receives, so the country is governed by a Bundestag that fairly reflects the people.

Although both lost support in last year’s election, between them they retained a clear majority of the popular vote, and therefore a majority of the seats in the Bundestag.

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