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EM Germany Newsletter February 2024 | The „German Vote“ in EU legislation

With the current discussion on the „German Vote“ in EU legislation and the parties‘ preparations for the European elections, Europe is once again at the center of political debate. The debates on European coordination in particular, on which EM Germany has repeatedly commented, are a reminder that important legislation – whether on the migration and asylum package, EU supply chains and many other important issues – is in the decisive phase. The trick will be to bring years of work to a successful resolution without the upcoming election campaign preventing political agreements. Germany is currently setting a regrettably poor example and is damaging Germany’s substantive reliability in the European Union through its fickleness. We have been emphasizing for some time that this is also due to the governance structures of the German government and repeatedly reminded the current German government of its promise in the coalition agreement to „take a clear and early position on European Commission projects through more stringent coordination“.

In addition, compromises are unfortunately usually reached in the non-transparent trilogue procedure instead of the ordinary EU legislative procedure, which is part of the overall problem and which we have also been criticizing for years.

Detached from the noisy engine room of European coordination, the individual parties position themselves in political competition. However, the EU’s ability to act must not suffer as a result. Otherwise, there is a risk of playing into the hands of authoritarian and anti-democratic forces that want to roll back European integration. 

The fact that the vast majority of people in Germany reject this is proven by the encouraging demonstrations of recent weeks and is a clear sign for the parties: „We are the firewall“ must also reach into the European election campaign.


Dr. Linn Selle

President of EM Germany

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