- The traffic light coalition agreement at a glance
- New accents in European policy
- EU financial policy: surprisingly open
- Energy and climate: many goals, little implementation
- Digital: a new departure with Europe
- Sustainability: much dispute, few commitments
- Mobility: great ambitions, little concrete action
- EU Commission: Eurozone needs economic stimulus also in 2022
- EPP wants Metsola as EU Parliament President
- Sweden’s prime minister resigns on day of appointment
As announced yesterday, the traffic light coalition in Berlin has presented its coalition agreement. And it is not only comprehensive but also highly relevant in terms of European policy.
And that is the core of this issue: we have examined the work program of the SPD, the Greens, and the FDP for you to see to what extent Europe has been taken into account here, where European goals are promoted or also ignored, how this German Federal Government wants to act in Europe in the future, et cetera. Will there be an interplay between the national and European levels? Or will Germany’s role in Europe become that of an outsider with the traffic light coalition, whether in climate, digital, transport, or financial policy?
How the further procedure up to the formation of the government looks like and what was to be experienced at the presentation yesterday and what was missing, I describe to you today.
My colleague Eric Bonse analyzes what the traffic light coalition will mean for the rule of law mechanism, European electoral law, and the common foreign and security policy – and whether Ursula von der Leyen will have to reckon with more headwinds from Berlin in the future.
Till Hoppe explains why Christian Lindner in his new role as finance minister need not be the bogeyman of the other European capitals, but why Germany will not jump to the side of the reformers either.
It’s no secret that Germany would like to be climate champion. Yesterday, Christian Lindner spoke of the most ambitious climate protection plan of any industrialized country, and the Greens even want to get on the 1.5-degree path with the coalition agreement – but Timo Landenberger has found out where this plan still has significant deficits.
Digital is better, as the band Tocotronic, equally popular with the FDP, SPD, and Greens, once said. Their loyal listeners may now be allowed to govern the federal government, but in the digital sphere, the EU has decisive powers in many areas. I have summarised whether and how national projects and the European synthesis of the parts fit together.
Is Germany now becoming a sustainability showcase? The intention is there, but that alone is not enough. Not in trade agreements, not in supply chains, not in the taxonomy, as Till Hoppe analyses.
It was already clear from the exploratory paper that the traffic lights will not make any great leaps in transport. But the coalition agreement cannot be described as unambitious, even if in some places the principle of hope (for technological solutions that have yet to be developed) is also governing, as Lukas Scheid reports.
Traffic light coalition: demonstrative unity and open questions
“The traffic light stands.” With this sentence, which is both a goal and a central insight, Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz yesterday opened the presentation of the coalition agreement between the SPD, Alliance 90/The Greens and the FDP. Scholz, FDP leader Christian Lindner, the Green party leadership duo Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck, and SPD leader Saskia Esken and her outgoing co-chair Norbert Walter-Borjans never tired of emphasizing how much closer they had become.
Unity that this coalition will need. On Tuesday, in the middle of the final spurt of negotiations, the chancellor called the negotiators of the traffic light coalition to discuss the Corona situation with them. One of many inherited crises – but the most urgent one that won’t tolerate a 100-day grace period.
The 177-page coalition agreement is entitled “Dare more progress”. It is no coincidence that this is supposed to be reminiscent of Willy Brandt’s “Dare more democracy”. The post-Merkel era, as the Liberals, Greens, and Social Democrats have resolved, is to be a time of new beginnings. And it should also be European – even if the European chapter does not begin until page 131 of the treaty: almost as a matter of course, the European regulations and projects are part of the substantive chapters (we explain them to you in this issue on a topic-by-topic basis).