The 2021 Coalition Agreement and the Prospects of the Next German Government
Heather Conley, SeniorVice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and Director, Europe,Russia, and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies(CSIS) and in-coming President, German Marshall Fund of the United States
Isabelle Hertner,Senior Lecturer in Politics of Britain in Europe and Director, Centre forGerman Transnational Relations, King’s College London
Christiane Hoffmann,Journalist, Der Spiegel
Sarah Schmid,Head of the Constitution, European Integration, and Social ParticipationDivision, Hanns Seidel Foundation
After two months of intensive discussions, the SPD, Greens, and FDP negotiated an incredibly detailed coalition agreement. This 177-page document lays out a legislative agenda for the next four years and outlines which parties will control the various ministries. Everyone got something of importance–the Social Democrats will control social policy portfolios and the chancellery; the Liberals will get the powerful Finance Ministry as well as justice and transportation; the Greens claimed almost all climate-related portfolios and the Foreign Office. The document has the potential to put Germany on a much more progressive path, but will the parties be able to execute this vision? What tensions will likely mark this ideologically disparate three-party coalition? How will policy and personnel changes affect domestic politics, Europe, and foreign relations?
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