EM Germany Newsletter CW 39/2021 | Europe after the federal election in Germany
An exciting German election campaign lies behind us and the voters’ decision provides the basis for open negotiations about the direction and composition of the new German federal government. We congratulate our member parties and wish them constructive explorative talks!
European solutions have to be included in the upcoming exploratory talks and coalition negotiations in all policy areas. Because it was not just me who was missing European solutions to the current challenges during the election campaign. Bundestag elections are also always about filling the German seat in the EU councils of ministers and in the European Council. German policy is partly being designed in Europe! As our updated #EBDGrafik of the week shows, as of the constituent session of the new Bundestag, the representation of Germany in the European Council is only in the hands of the then-acting Chancellor Angela Merkel. For the near future, this position remains open and given the slim majorities of this election, the future coalition partners will likely demand more say than before. Any party in the Chancellery should have to show more consideration for Europe and its coalition partners.
It is therefore all the more important that the new coalition agreement sets out a clear European agenda – a German #Europaplan. The deadlock on EU migration and asylum policy, the total failure of the German government at the Conference on the Future of Europe and the Afghanistan crisis have shown: The next German government is needed as a mediator and impetus-giver to strengthen Europe’s ability to act, democracy and strategic autonomy. Our European partners also expect this from us.
I therefore expect the parties to bring their good European ideas from the election programmes into the talks with vigour and to redefine German European policy structure- and content-wise in the future coalition agreement. Because we need a bold coherent German European policy.
I wish you a wonderful week!
Dr Linn Selle
European Movement Germany
#EBDGrafik of the week
EM Germany News
A clear European plan is essential! EM Germany Secretary-General interviewed by Radio France: The Bundestag election is the dominant topic not only in German, but also in international media. In an interview with Radio France, Bernd Hüttemann comments on the upcoming exploratory talks and EM Germany’s expectations of the next German government. | More (in German)
„Europe is more than the EU“ | EM Germany Board Member Marius Schlageter at an event on the SOTEU-Speech 2021: The annual speech held by the President of the Commission on the State of the European Union (SOTEU) provides space to draw conclusions and look ahead. Before Commission President von der Leyen looked back on 15 September and offered the political guidelines for the coming year, the representation of the European Commission and the liaison office of the European Parliament in Germany invited to an exchange about the expectations of the speech. EM Germany board member Marius Schlageter participated as representative of the network. | More (in German)
Shaping the Green Deal | EBD Briefing Commission Direct on the Fit-for-55-Package: To discuss the implications of the Fit-for-55-Package, the EM Germany organised jointly with the representation of the European Commission in Germany an EBD Briefing: Commission direct with Mauro Petriccione, General Director of the Directorate General Climate Politics (DG CLIMA). A crucial part of the realisation of the package rests on the shoulders of societal actors. As such, Antje Mensen of the German Nature Conservation Council (Deutscher Naturschutzring – DNR), Jan Philipp Rohde of the German Labour Union Association (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund – DGB) and Dr. Carsten Rolle of the Federal Association of German Industry (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie – BDI) were invited to engage in an exchange on the subject. | More (in German)
Economic Recovery in Sight | EM Germany and EM Austria De-Briefing ECB-Council: As a consequence of the economic downswing due to the Corona pandemic, the serious risk of a new financial crisis entered the room. As a reaction to the crisis, the ECB took several emergency actions last year. Given the improved economic situation, the focus of the ECB-Council’s meeting on 10 September 2021 was how to react with regard to its bond purchasing regime. To discuss this and other points on the agenda, EM Germany and EM Austria invited Gabriel Glöckler, Principal Advisor of the General Directory Communication of the ECB, Dr. Tobias Linzert, Head of Policy Assessment Section of the ECB’s General Directory Monetary Policy and Peter Ehrlich, Press Officer of the ECB to a De-Briefing on 13 September. | More (in German)
More Europe in the closing sprint of the election campaing 2021, more Europe in its reporting! | Open letter by EM Germany, JEF and EUD: European Politics must play a principal, not a delegated role in the federal election campaign. This is what the EM Germany, the Young European Federalists (JEF) and the Europe Union Germany (EUD) demand in an open letter directed at the editors-in-chief of german TV stations ProSieben, Sat. 1 and KabelEins on the one hand, and public broadcasting units ARD and ZDF on the other. | More (in German)
All EM Germany events take place via videoconference. Participation is free, but registration required. Conference language is German unless indicated otherwise. +++ 29.09.2021: European Economic and Social Committee in focus with Lutz Ribbe & Udo Hemmerling +++ 30.09.2021: EBD De-Briefing COMPET +++ 06.10.2021: EBD De-Briefing ECOFIN and eurogroup +++ 08.10.2021: EBD De-Briefing ENVI +++ 15.10.2021: EM Germany General Assembly +++ 19.10.2021: EBD De-Briefing EPSCO +++ 26.10.2021: EBD De-Briefing European Council +++
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