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EM Germany Newsletter CW 51/2021 | The European political turn of the year 2021/22

An eventful and challenging year for European policy is coming to an end. The Conference on the Future of Europe set in motion an important dialogue that can bring about urgently needed reforms if it is conducted transparently, representatively and with sufficient time. By contrast, stalemate prevails in the European migration and asylum policy, where member states are just as unable to agree on a reform as they are on the dispute over the rule of law, which continues to divide the EU. At the same time, a number of challenges require close cooperation among EU member states, such as the implementation of EU climate targets or the fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In January, France, an experienced member state, will take over the EU Council Presidency. The list of projects is long and extensive, while the upcoming elections are unlikely to simplify processes. It also remains exciting to see what the future holds for Germany’s European policy. The coalition agreement is encouraging, as important EM Germany priorities have been taken up. While the two ministries central to Europe, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, are in the hands of the German Greens, the Federal Chancellery – which is in charge of European policy – will be lead by the Social Democrats. Will the parties succeed in a stringent European coordination? In any case, the new federal government is likely to strengthen its European orientation, in our view also institutionally. We wish it every success and look forward to the new year 2022!

Until then, I wish you a relaxing holiday season. Stay healthy and confident.


Dr. Linn Selle
European Movement Germany

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