Coalition Deal Made In Germany
The party ran by Angela Merkel was faced with heavy losses in Germany’s latest election on the back end of last year. After months of political deadlock, Germany is now seen to be emerging. This comes shortly after Angela Merkel’s conservatives the CDU/CSU agreed a coalition deal with the SPD also known as the centre-left Social Democrats. The negotiators involved have all agreed on the eventual division of key ministries.
This agreement will be one of the very last hurdles they face before forming their government. If completely successful, this news will end more than four months of wrangling that has been going on since everyone felt inconclusive since the elections back in September. However, whilst there are high hopes for this deal it is still yet to be approved by many SPD members.
In a quote we found that “There is one more hurdle before a government can be installed. Almost half-a-million SPD members will vote on the deal first. If they vote no, then this agreement collapses, and parties start again from scratch. The most likely outcome would be fresh elections, which would mean no permanent government until autumn — a whole year after the first set of elections.” Meaning that any good news we relay here about the possibility of this government forming may be on hold for still a long time to come.
One of the main concerns of this move is that a new coalition with CDU and CSU could damage both parties in the long term. This has been frequently seen around the world with for example, the Liberal Democrat party becoming a lot less popular after their coalition with the Conservative party in the United Kingdom. In the most recent elections they had barely any support at all amassing the fewest votes since the party was initially formed.
Chancellor Merkel has been in agreement this week that it will create a “good and stable government”. We all heard this during a news conference last Wednesday. Also giving their opinion, SPD leader Martin Schulz was seen thanking the conservative party for making a good decision with particularly tough circumstances.
Pierre Moscovici has taken to Twitter to voice his view that “Coalition agreement in #Germany: good news also for #Europe! Respect for the constructive spirit of my friends from the @spdde”. He later added that “Relaunching the German model in this parliament with this arrangement and this chancellor will clearly not be possible.” And that he is ‘willing to give the SPD everything – key ministries and top positions – to keep the chancellorship”.
Alice Weidel the head of the far-right AfD’s group came out to advocate that “The chasm between the ruling parties and the people of our country has never been bigger.” she says in Die Welt newspaper. And a valid point she is making, at the end of the day it is up to the German government to do what is right by the people rather than for the political parties themselves.