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EM Germany Newsletter CW 49/2022 | One year of the German government – a European policy analysis 

My sincere congratulations! Tomorrow, the German government will be one year old. Or should one congratulate a federal government that had to shift up a gear in terms of crisis mitigation immediately after it came into office? One should: above all for taking a clear stand, in alliance with other liberal democracies, against Russian aggression and in support of Ukraine. For many, German support does not go far enough, but the German government has moved enormously and learned from its earlier mistakes including it’s self-centric energy policy. 

The 2021 coalition agreement of the so-called traffic light coalition between Social democrats, Greens and Liberals wanted to boldly address deficits in German European policy in terms of content and structure. After one year, our European policy review can draw a mixed conclusion. On the positive side, there is new impetus for a European integration landscape, above all through a perspective for stabilisation and EU membership for the Western Balkans that also benefits the new candidate countries. Moreover, the Chancellor’s Prague speech rightly linked the EU’s capacity for enlargement to the extension of majority decisions in the Council. 

Nevertheless, in its first year, the German government falls back into the old mode of national executives. That is to talk down or even ignore the importance of democratic competition in the EU. Since the new government took office, we haven’t heard much about strengthening parliamentary, representative democracy. Strengthening the European Parliament or even summoning a European Convention has never been popular in the executive branches of member states, not even in Berlin. Yet, the extent to which this topic has been ignored by the coalition is very disappointing. Even though more young Germans will finally be able to have a say in their own future in the next European elections, it seems that the German government, one year before the start of the European election campaign, hardly seems to know its own coalitions agreement on the subject of a democratic European community. 

Yours

Dr. Linn Selle

President of the European Movement Germany

#EBDGrafik of the week

The traffic light coalition of SPD, Greens and FDP has been in office for one year as of tomorrow, 8 December 2022. But how successful has the coalition been in implementing European policy over the past year? Based on our EM Germany’s priorities, our #EBDGrafik shows the government’s record on European policy and takes a critical look at where further action is needed. | Download

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