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Germany moves one step closer to a new government

Germany moves one step closer to a new government

KaffeeklatschJan 12th 2018by J.C. | BERLINtwitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconANYONE hoping exploratory coalition talks between Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), their Bavarian Social Union (CSU) alliance partners and the Social Democrats (SPD) would produce an ambitious governing project was always likely to be disappointed. In the election on September 24th all three obtained their…

ANYONE hoping exploratory coalition talks between Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), their Bavarian Social Union (CSU) alliance partners and the Social Democrats (SPD) would produce an ambitious governing project was always likely to be disappointed. In the election on September 24th all three obtained their worst result since 1949. The preceding “grand coalition” had been virtually on autopilot before the election anyway and the SPD was desperate to return to opposition. It was only forced back to the negotiating table by the collapse in November of talks between the CDU/CSU, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens. The leaders of all three parties—CDU, CSU and SPD—are weak within their own camps.

That showed when, this morning after a final, 24-hour-long negotiating push at the SPD’s Berlin headquarters, the parties unveiled a 28-page basis for formal coalition negotiations. There were wins for both sides of the prospective coalition. The CDU/CSU gets a monthly cap of 1,000 on new immigrants joining family members in Germany, much lower than previously mooted numbers, and an annual maximum for total arrivals in the 180,000-200,000 range. It also resists SPD demands for tax rises for the rich and for the merging of private and public health insurance into one, state-run system.

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