Cautiously Ambitious: German Government Sets the Right Tone for Strong EU Policies

05/03/2018 | by Daniela Schwarzer

DGAPkompakt 5 (March 2018), 5 pp.

Category: Germany

Angela Merkel is set to form a new government as the Social Democrats accepted a coalition with the CDU/CSU. Their coalition deal pushes for closer European integration alongside EU reform and strong German-French relations. It continues the paradigm of post-war German foreign relations by focusing on partnerships. At the same time, this paradigm is under threat: Both the EU and US relations have become less certain. Germany needs to proceed with ambition – and caution. The deal is a good start.

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Dietmar Nietan (left) and Olaf Scholz of Social Democratic Party (SPD) attend a news conference to announce the results of the voting for a possible coalition between the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin, Germany March 4, 2018.