EM Germany Newsletter CW 49/2021 | New start for Europe
Congratulations! Olaf Scholz is going to be elected Chancellor today. The tasks that the Scholz cabinet must now tackle are numerous. While the Corona pandemic will probably continue to keep the new federal government very busy, the coalition agreement makes us look forward to a strong European policy. And that is a good thing! After all, Germany’s European policy must be more stringent and goal-oriented, both internally and externally.
In this regard the new coalition agreement is encouraging! The new federal government promises more democracy and more consistency and willingness to reform in dealing with the rule of law and fundamental rights. Like most of the founding parents of the Federal Republic of Germany, it does not shy away from establishing a „federal European state“ as a goal. But in my view it is particularly important that Europe is not just defined in visionary terms, but consistently recognized as a cross-cutting issue of a domestic policy close to the people. This applies not only to the areas of climate and economy, but also to issues such as migration and asylum policy.
Our #EBDGrafik shows how close the new federal government’s European policy proposals are to our priorities. We are particularly pleased that our proposals to improve European policy coordination have been taken up. The concrete reform resulting from the coalition agreement’s desire for a „more stringent European coordination“ is, of course, still unclear between the coalition partners, as the Tagesschau recently reported. Thus, our detailed instructions for a unified European policy continue to apply. In addition, today we offer you an analysis of our political demands for the new coalition.
The German government seems prepared to take on more responsibility for Europe. We as EM Germany very much welcome this. The next few months will show whether the new federal government has a concrete plan for Europe that will finally move our continent forward again.
Dr. Linn Selle
European Movement Germany
EM Germany News
With its current schedule, the EU Future Conference is failing | Secretary General of the European Movement Germany at hearing of the Baden-Württemberg state parliament: „Impulses for a democratic, sustainable Europe in diversity“ was the title of the public hearing of the Committee for Europe and International Affairs of the Baden-Württemberg state parliament on the Conference on the Future of Europe. In this context, panelists from business and society with a European policy perspective were invited on November 23, 2021 to provide impulses, suggestions and criticism on the further course of the EU Future Conference and to exchange views with the members of the state parliament. The positions of EM Germany were represented by its Secretary General Bernd Hüttemann. | More (in German)
The German Bischops‘ Conference (DBK) publishes text in collaboration with the EM Germany Secretary General: „Europe is worth it“ is the title of a newly published expert text of the Episcopal Working Group on Europe of the DBK. With the text, the working group wants to make a contribution to European integration from a Catholic perspective and offers food for thought on the future development of the European Union. EM Germany Secretary General Bernd Hüttemann, who has been an advisor to the working group since 2016 and whose mandate was renewed in the fall of 2021, co-authored the expert text. | More (in German)
With a clear European plan into the next federal government | EM Germany President comments on coalition agreement: „A proactive European policy with lucid words on the rule of law, a stringent European coordination and a commitment to the Conference on the Future of Europe – the plans of the red-green-yellow coalition are encouraging!“ was the first reaction of the EM Germany President after a look at the published coalition agreement. | More (in German)
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