The Free Democratic Party (FDP) walked out of coalition talks Sunday due to reported divisions over energy, tax policy, and asylum-seekers. Predata’s signals that capture online German-language interest in subjects related to these three areas rose in the days before the talks – an indication that the public was paying attention to them. Attention to immigration and terrorism (the signal in red) last spiked at the beginning of October and led to Merkel agreeing in previous coalition talks to limit the number of asylum-seekers.
Salient threads in the digital debate over British monetary policy that are driving these signals include:
Though Theresa May has faced insurrectionism from Brexit hardliners within her own party, our signals suggest that the case for a ‘Soft Brexit’ is currently leading the online debate. In theory, conservative infighting could weaken Theresa May’s position with negotiators and result in her yielding to EU demands, such as paying a larger share of the UK’s bill to the EU in the Brexit divorce bill.
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