The BBC presenter tweeted: “Germany tonight in its biggest political crisis since the late 1940s. Bigger even than UK’s current ongoing political crisis.”
The Tweet received thousands of comments within hours from distraught Remainers, keen to slam the presenter and say that Brexit is far worse than what Germany is experiencing.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel shocked earlier this week after failing to set up a coalition between her conservatives, the Greens and liberal Free Democrats.
This is unprecedented in post-war Germany as coalition talks have never collapsed without a clear, alternative governing majority in sight – but Twitter was quick to accuse Mr Neil of over dramatising the situation.
Many users pointed out that Germany has endured a number of extreme political situations since the 1940s; the Berlin wall, East and West German tension, being the frontier to the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin wall.
Others even said that it was the UK that is going through its worst political crisis since the 1940s after Brexit talks have failed to progress.
One Twitter user, Jon Worth got involved in a spat with the presenter after saying that all that had actually happened in Germany was that one of the four parties in the coalition talks had walked out and that this was actually “no big deal.”
Mr Neil retorted saying: “Guess you’re not reading/watching German media.”
One blogger, Thomas Clarke even called Mr Neil a “pompous tit” for his comments.
Some took the opportunity to slate the Brexit negotiations.
User Paul Roberts wrote: “Main difference is, they’ll hold an election and likely fix their issues. We’re buggered regardless.”
Francisco Gomez blasted the Daily Politics host, writing: “We’ve got EMA and EBA gone, not a working solution in sight for the NI border question without wrecking the GFA, and you’re spending your insomniac night on comparing German politics to WWII era. Grow up!”
One user joked: “Perhaps Merkel could bung the DUP a billion quid as a bribe to support her?”
Writing in Al Jazeera, Thorsen Benner, director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, downplayed the crisis.
He said: “This is not a full-fledged political crisis. Germany has an acting government that is working just fine for the time being.
“And political gravity may well pull the Social Democratic Party (SPD) into another coalition with Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) without the uncertainty of new elections.
“Or Germany might experiment with a minority government that would be less stable, but not necessarily inherently unstable.”