CDU politician Angela Merkel is the federal chancellor. She led a “grand coalition” between the CDU, her conservative Bavarian sister party, the CSU and the Social Democrats (SPD) during her fourth term as head of government and her third. Merkel says she will not run for chancellor at the next federal election in 2021. The plan to reunite refugee families has been one of the most controversial themes of the defence and development coalition: the coalition agreement is vague on this point and commits to spend an additional 2 billion euros ($2.46 billion) on “international responsibility” and to invest about 9 billion euros more in the medium term, but the subject remains a controversial topic between the parties. Any investment in development will be linked to increased defence spending. Refugees/Family Reunification: the previous government (also a grand COALITION CDU-SPD) had suspended the right of refugees with “limited protection status” to transfer their families. The new coalition agreement says it will be limited to 1,000 people per month. In addition, the number of asylum seekers accepted should be limited to 180,000 to 220,000 per year. The deal, reached more than five months after the September elections, was an important victory for Angela Merkel, who is due to serve her fourth and final term as chancellor at the head of another “grand coalition.” The SPD voted in favour of the agreement in early March, the last major obstacle to the formation of a government. The SPD is about to vote on whether to negotiate another “grand coalition” with Angela Merkel`s conservatives. If the party says “no,” the chancellor`s options could become scarce.
(21.01.2018) In the coalition agreement, the government defines what it intends to achieve in the next period of its mandate: for example, a reduction in unemployment, a cleaner environment without harm to the economy and more money for education. The coalition parties want to implement their party manifestos as much as possible in the coalition agreement. Meet Kevin Kohnert, the student who could impeach not only his party leader, but also the German chancellor. It is the unlikely leader of the opposition of the SPD who is advancing a new grand coalition. (18.01.2018) Political parties seeking to form a new cabinet must first agree on a draft coalition agreement negotiated by the group chairs under the direction of one or more informants, and then submit for advice to political groups representing coalition parties in the House of Representatives. The more comments, the more likely it is that further negotiations between coalition partners will be necessary. There may be talk, for example, of political groups not finding enough objectives in the coalition agreement. In such a case, the training may still fail. The continuation of the coalition that has governed Germany since 2013 was pretty much a last resort. The SPD, after achieving the worst electoral results since World War II, had initially ruled out joining another Coalition led by Merkel. And then talks between the conservative bloc and the smaller free and green Democrats failed in November. Germany`s Social Democrats and Angela Merkel`s conservatives have signed a coalition agreement.
The DW is looking at its plans for the future. Angela Merkel`s conservatives have insisted that they do not make further concessions to the Social Democrats before formal coalition negotiations begin. SPD delegates are due to vote on the interim agreement next week. (14.01.2018) A coalition agreement is a matter of giving and taking and a compromise between the different views of the party. In the House of Representatives, cabinet highlights the agreement with the government`s statement of principle.