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EM Germany Newsletter CW 43/2021 | Results of EM Germany’s General Assembly 2021

Climate issues, the pandemic, migration, digitalization: we need the European view and reflex. As our President pointed out at EM Germany’s General Assembly, the Bundestag election campaign was disappointingly „national-provincial“. The beginning negotiations for a coalition of the Social Democrats (SPD), the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) must not carry this mistake into future government work.

After years of reactive, rather unplanned European policy, a new German government must finally set a proactive European agenda that takes strategic account of all policy areas and European partners. A continuation of the age-old coordination structures in German European policy would be regressively fatal. 

Based on around 100 conversations with political decision-makers and intimate connoisseurs of German European policy, we are proposing a reorganization of the German government’s European coordination. Because as the capital briefing „ThePioneer“ succinctly put it on Friday morning, there is not one coordinating body in German European policy, let alone one person in charge. As a result, coordination is slow and incoherent, so that Germany is sometimes only an observer rather than a creator in the Council, or the internal dispute – as in the well-known coordination chaos between agriculture and environment ministries on glyphosate – is fought out publicly. 

In our non-paper, we propose adapting the decades-old bifurcation of German European coordination between the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy to the realities of European politics. In essence, this means bundling the expertise from the federal ministries in a central coordinating body that acts as a neutral broker within the federal government. The departmental principle will be preserved, because we do not want centralization à la francaise. We need a unit that bundles and further develops the expertise from the specialized ministries, the Permanent Representation in Brussels as well as the diplomatic representations in the member states and, last but not least, the social forces, jointly in Berlin and Brussels. 

The possible coalition of SPD, FPD and Bündnis90/Die Grünen, in which there are no more small parties, raises expectations of profound change and new courage to finally tackle Germany’s tasks for the future. But the courage for change must not stop at the structures of German European policy. Otherwise, error-prone hardware will threaten to destroy the best programs. 


Bernd Hüttemann
European Movement Germany

#EBDGrafik of the week

In addition to policy and work priorities, EM Germany’s General Assembly approved the priorities of EM Germany’s political work for 2021/22. An updated #EBDGrafik gives an overview over the priorities.

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