None of the parties that will make up the new government 'promised a radical change in Germany ' s position on Europe . In Lindner, the government will have a finance minister whom many southern European countries fear will bring the continent's most powerful economy back to the conservative fiscal position.vator before the pandemic. It remains to be seen whether Lindner will shape the finance ministry or vice versa.
Coalition deal says Germany must live up to its role of Europe 's "anchor of stability". . "Strong finances and the frugal use of taxpayer money are the tenets of our budgetary and financial policies ", he says.
The Greens have won the right to appoint the country's EU commissioner if and when the committee chairman is not German, as is currently the case with Ursula von der Leyen, which is likely to give them a certain weight in the development of European policies.
The new government mentions in passing the United Kingdom, as one of the partners with which it wishes to maintain close relationships. "The UK remains one of Germany 's closest partners in deoutside the EU ... We also want to cooperate on foreign and security policy. ” Relations with China and Russia
New Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock pledged to forge a more "active" foreign policy agenda than that of its predecessor, mainly by setting a harsher tone in relations with Russia and China. There will be more emphasis on democratic values and human rights, and less attention to Wandel Durch Handel's old credo - encouraging democratization through economic engagement. The FDP, which has a largely transatlantic vision, is likely to support this path.
During the Angela Merkel era, German foreign policy was indeed executed from his chancellery, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sometimes reduced to giving diplo matic sound clips. We don't know if it will be the sameme thing under Scholz, who is not known for his strong opinions on foreign policy.
Some fairly specific terms in the coalition agreement suggest the change of direction could be real. The parties call for new elections in Belarus and support the use of new sanctions if Alexander Lukashenko does not change course. The government said it would denounce human rights violations, especially in Xinjiang, in its relations with China, and that it "supports the involvement of Taiwanese democracy on specific issues. in international organizations ”.
NordStream II, the gas pipeline between Russia and Germany supported by the SPD but opposed by the Greens, is not mentioned in the coalition treaty. Covid
The most pressing problem the new government has facedemand must tackle is the pandemic, with increase in infections , a stagnant vaccination rate and epidemic emergency are expected to end this month.
But during the coalition talks, dealing with the pandemic was the issue all three parties seemed least willing to address. German media, the parties have attempted to offload the health ministry, knowing full well that the next politician in office faces a difficult choice over a possible vaccine term and expectations that are nearly impossible to meet.
In the end, he got stuck with the SPD, which said on Wednesday it would not announce the new minister until early December.