German election 2017

Elections 08-12-2017

Schulz calls for ‘United States of Europe’ as SPD agrees talks with Merkel

Germany's Social Democrats, the country's second strongest party, agreed Thursday (7 December) to kick off exploratory talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives that could lead to a new coalition government early next year.

Elections 07-12-2017

German coalition: Wolfgang Kubicki and the U-turn à la FDP

Wolfgang Kubicki has known the political business for more than 30 years. Such an experienced man, one could assume, makes no rookie mistakes. If someone like him wants to spread a message, he exactly knows what he is doing. EURACTIV Germany's media partner "Der Tagesspiegel" reports.

Elections 07-12-2017

Germany’s SPD to move on talks to form new Merkel government

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats meet from Thursday (7 December) to decide on whether to help Chancellor Angela Merkel end a months-long political stalemate in Europe's biggest economy.

Elections 01-12-2017

The Brief: Coalition man

To be or not to be in a grand coalition: that is the question. Initially rejected by SPD, a grand coalition now looks like the only chance to solve Germany’s problems, which can in turn give a boost to the much-needed post-Brexit EU reforms.

Elections 24-11-2017

Germany’s SPD says ready for talks to end political crisis

Germany moved a step towards resolving its political crisis on Friday (24 November) when the Social Democrats (SPD) said they were ready to hold talks with caretaker Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a sign they might offer the veteran leader their key support.

Elections 24-11-2017

Trans-Europe Express: German coalition talks – Blessing or curse for Europe?

Many saw the last German government as a tanker ship cruising stolidly and unswervingly through the stormy seas of world politics. But in the past few weeks, it has looked like the German ship and Captain Angela Merkel are about to start rolling and listing.

Brexit 24-11-2017

McAllister: Brexit is a historic mistake

It is not clear whether the Council will be able to state in December that sufficient progress in Brexit talks has been made, David McAllister, who chairs the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, told EURACTIV.

Brexit 24-11-2017

Tweets of the Week: German politics, EU agencies, and Barnier on Brexit

Merkel’s got a lot to prove, EU agencies are on the move, and Barnier thinks Brexit won’t be smooth.

Elections 22-11-2017

Post-Jamaica collapse: Germany’s EU policymaking clout on the back-burner

After talks between Germany's four main political parties collapsed, the acting government's capacity to participate in EU-level decisions is limited. But important progress still needs to be made to pursue the reform process within the EU. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Energy 22-11-2017

Next German government must not fight for right to pollute

The next German government must embrace EU protections rather than fight for the right to pollute, insists Christian Schaible.

Economy & Jobs 22-11-2017

Lack of German government puts eurozone integration plans on hold

The collapse of talks on a new German government means that the eurozone's ambitious plans for deeper economic integration could be put on hold, officials said on Tuesday (21 November).

Energy 22-11-2017

An agenda for Germany’s ecological modernisation

No matter which parties will eventually form a coalition, Germany’s next government will continue with an agenda of ecological modernisation, writes Arne Jungjohann. Based  on exploratory coalition talks, he explains how such an agenda could look like.

Elections 21-11-2017

German crisis causes EU headache

Efforts to form a coalition government have failed, Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (20 November), pitching Germany into its worse political crisis for decades, raising the prospect of fresh elections and causing the EU a serious headache.

Elections 15-11-2017

Short of time to form coalition, German parties still apart on migration

German parties meet on Wednesday 15 November) to debate the hot issue of immigration with sides divided on whether to limit migrant numbers and with only one day left to conclude exploratory talks for forming a new coalition government. Negotiators will also discuss Europe, finance and energy policy.

Elections 13-11-2017

Merkel urges compromise as coalition talks enter final stretch

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday (12 November) urged party leaders negotiating a tricky three-way coalition government to show more willingness to compromise, as support for her conservative bloc plunged to the lowest level in more than six years.

Elections 08-11-2017

French Economy Minister Le Maire visits ‘Jamaica’

French Minister of Economic Affairs Bruno Le Maire's meeting with 'Jamaica' coalition negotiators in Berlin on Wednesday (8 November) was not a coincidence. From the French point of view, President Emmanuel Macron’s eurozone plans might be threatened by the formation of the new German government. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Electricity 07-11-2017

Germany struggles with coal phase-out as COP23 kicks off in Bonn

Germany's Neurath coal power plant ranks second in the EU in terms of both installed capacity and CO2 emissions. The newest units of the lignite-powered facility are expected to operate until 2055, illustrating the difficulty of phasing out coal power entirely. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Elections 07-11-2017

German coalition talks: One step forward, two steps back

Successful coalition talks between the four involved German parties is far from a done deal, even as CDU/CSU leaders Angela Merkel and Horst Seehofer are striking a confident tone.

Elections 02-11-2017

German coalition talks: Between old-age poverty and cannabis legalisation

The first round of the German coalition talks on social policy was a meeting to get an initial feeling for where the parties stand. However, some common things are emerging: in the fight against old-age poverty, shortage of nurses and long-term unemployment. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Energy 27-10-2017

A coal phase-out in Europe can be planned

Italy just added its name to the list of country’s pledging to phase out coal. A fair energy transition requires significant efforts but there is experience to build on, writes Julian Schwartzkopff.

Elections 24-10-2017

Germany’s far-right enters parliament amid fears and protests

Almost a hundred far-right MPs make their debut in the German Bundestag on Tuesday (24 October), where they plan to give Chancellor Angela Merkel a hard time in a display of nationalism unseen since 1945. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

Elections 20-10-2017

Schäuble successor in focus of German coalition talks

This week saw German political parties open talks to form a first-ever four-way coalition, with a successor to respected and feared paymaster Wolfgang Schäuble at the finance ministry one of the top prizes.

Elections 18-10-2017

As obstacles to ‘Jamaica’ keep mounting, Europe needs patience with Berlin

For three weeks, Germany’s politics have been frozen while we awaited the result of regional elections in the northwestern Bundesland Lower-Saxony over the weekend. Angela Merkel may now be wishing politics would remain frozen, writes Olaf Boehnke.

Elections 18-10-2017

Mission impossible? Merkel’s coalition conundrum just got harder

She has earned a reputation as Europe's chief crisis manager. Now Germany's Angela Merkel must forge a government out of an awkward group of allies bent on nailing down a coalition deal so tight it risks limiting her room to act if crisis strikes again.