Patchwork in Germany

  • Coalition agreement is positive news
- The Statesman

Feb 14, 2018-

Considering that governance in Germany has been in suspended animation for the past four months, last Wednesday’s forward movement in Berlin will be welcomed both within the country and in Europe in the wider canvas. Not least because Brexit and the migrants’ issue are the major challenges confronting the European Union and crucially so in view of Angela Merkel’s decidedly humane attitude towards the homeless from the Arab world and North Africa. Across the continent, xenophobic nationalism has militated against a consensus on the mass migration. Indeed, the absence of a government in Germany had complicated matters, and this reality reinforces the significance of the “grand coalition” deal between Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats, led by Martin Schulz. The growth of the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) as a potentially potent force is testament to the sweeping nationalist sentiment on either side of the Channel. The AfD may now be the largest opposition party in the Bundestag, an “elevation” that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. The saving grace must be that the country is poised to have a government ... eventually.

Published: 14-02-2018 07:52

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