Now that we know the outcome ((Preliminary, but probably unlikely to change.)) of the election in Germany, and that the CDU/CSU is just five seats short of a majority, can anyone make a credible case for a coalition other than one consisting of the CDU/CSU with the SPD as a junior partner?
For various reasons, the Greens are unlikely to govern with the Christian Democrats. A broad left coalition seems far less likely. That would seem to leave only two other options: a CDU/CSU minority government, or a second election. And neither of those outcomes seems likely, either.
I guess it is a non-grand coalition of the two biggest blocs, more or less by default.