September 25, 2017 / 8:46 AM / 10 months ago

Ifo economist says German election can stoke uncertainty

MUNICH (Reuters) - The result of the German election on Sunday could stoke uncertainty among business, the chief economist of the Ifo economic institute said on Monday after business confidence deteriorated unexpectedly in September.

Christian Democratic Union CDU party leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech after winning the German general election (Bundestagswahl) in Berlin, Germany, September 24, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

“At the moment people are still perplexed,” economist Klaus Wohlrabe said, adding that a so-called “Jamaica” coalition between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives with the Free Democrats and Greens would be difficult to achieve.

Wohlrabe said that new elections could not be excluded given the difficulty of forming a new government: “So uncertainty can certainly spread.”

Wohlrabe said that the German economy would probably be weaker in the third quarter than the first two, but overall 2017 would be a very good year.

Reporting by Alexander Huebner; Writing by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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