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The New German Government

Share the post "The New German Government" The new German government will be announced in a few minutes. There will be no surprises: Olaf Scholz of the SPD will be chancellor, Robert Habeck of the Greens will be vice-chancellor with a wide-ranging portfolio of responsibilities, Annalena Baerbock of the Greens will be foreign minister, and Christian Lindner of the FDP will be finance minister. To the victors have gone the spoils. What is surprising, on the other hand, is...

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How Germany’s coalition negotiations could change the EU’s political landscape

Coalition negotiations are still ongoing between the German Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats. Minna Ålander, Julina Mintel and Dominik Rehbaum examine what an agreement between the three parties might mean for EU politics. After the Social Democrats (SPD) claimed a surprise victory in the 2021 German federal election, they have proceeded to start coalition negotiations with the Greens and the Free Democrats (FDP). The preliminary talks resulted in a consultation paper, which...

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What explains the fragmentation of the German party system?

The German party system has become increasingly fragmented in recent decades, following years of relative stability. Drawing on a new book, Fernando Casal Bértoa and Zsolt Enyedi illustrate the factors that have driven this process of destabilisation. The best kept secret of the 2021 German elections is that the ruling parties were re-elected. In principle, Germany could continue with the so-called GroKo coalition between the Christian-democratic CDU/CSU and the social-democratic SPD....

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What did the German federal election mean for equality and diversity in the Bundestag?

How diverse is the new Bundestag following Germany’s federal election on 26 September? Anne Jenichen writes that despite the share of women and the share of representatives with a minority background increasing by a small margin, there is still a long way to go before the Bundestag is genuinely representative of the citizens it is intended to represent. German citizens elected a new federal parliament on 26 September. While waiting for the winning parties to form a coalition...

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The 2021 German federal election: How surprising was it really?

The SPD’s victory in the German federal election on 26 September would have seemed unthinkable in the early stages of the campaign, with the party languishing in the polls. Yet as Mark A. Kayser, Arndt Leininger and Anastasiia Vlasenko write, the result was only partially surprising for election forecasters. Drawing on the outcome of the election, they illustrate why structural models for predicting a party’s long-term electoral potential often do a better job than analyses based on...

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German elections: seizing the moral and economic opportunity of global health security

The new German government should play its part in global health security and preparedness. This blog is part of a series by CGD and partnering institutions from Germany focused on presenting specific policy proposals for the next German government’s leadership on global development issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the ways in which the global health architecture was unprepared for a catastrophic health emergency, and above all, the limited and late international financing that has...

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Germany’s foreign economic policy: four essential steps

Germany and the EU need to develop a strong and proactive agenda to manage foreign economic relations, which are essential for German and European prosperity. By: Guntram B. Wolff Date: September 23, 2021 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Germany’s foreign economic policy has barely got a mention in the 2021 federal election campaign. Yet, the issues arising are all central for Germany’s prosperity: the potential impact on Germany of rising tensions between the...

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German federal election: Is there a trend toward more candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds?

Germany is a diverse society, but is this diversity reflected in the candidates who stand for election? Drawing on new research ahead of the German federal election on 26 September, Julia Schulte-Cloos finds there has been a general trend toward greater numbers of candidates from minority backgrounds, but this varies substantially between German parties. According to official numbers, around a quarter of all Germans have a so-called ‘migration background’. Yet as in many other European...

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German federal election: Are the Greens on the cusp of government?

The German Greens have seen their polling numbers decline in the final weeks of campaigning before Germany’s federal election on 26 September. Yet as Charles Lees explains, with the party still in third place, it remains highly likely the Greens could play a major role in the country’s next government. The German Greens entered 2021 in upbeat political mood. In the last federal election in 2017, the party had confounded low expectations, polling a respectable 8.9 per cent of the vote...

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German federal election: Are we witnessing the revival of the SPD?

The German Social Democrats have experienced a rapid rise in support and now hold a lead in the opinion polls ahead of Germany’s federal election on 26 September. Uğur Tekiner explains how the party has managed to successfully build momentum behind their chancellor candidate, Olaf Scholz. With just a few weeks of campaigning to go until Germany’s federal election, the race between the main German parties is heating up. The federal election will be the first since 1949 in which the...

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