German parties argue about ecology, finance and the pandemic

Political life in Germany, according to local media reports, is becoming more tense amid the formation of a new government and the imminent departure of Angela Merkel. The German press accused the acting chancellor of creating a “shadow department” to further influence the country's politics. And the Social Democrats, who showed the best results in the elections, do not lose hope of forming a ruling coalition with the Greens and the Free Democratic Party by the end of the year.

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The first is about the future political ambitions of Angela Merkel, who is officially no longer the head of government, but acting chancellor, Spiegel said. According to him, at least nine people will work in Merkel's bureau after she finally leaves office. By itself, this institution, which plays the role of an advisory body, is not new, but it is constantly criticized from various angles. Now the object of claims has become precisely the estimated number of office employees & mdash; previously it did not exceed five people. And the maintenance of the ex-chancellor's assistants will fall on the shoulders of taxpayers. At the same time, the base salary of the head of the bureau and his deputy, according to the letter from the Federal Ministry of Finance, will amount to 10,412 euros. In this regard, Merkel's opponents have already suggested that her build-up of forces is connected with the desire to become a “ gray eminence. ''

However, even if we leave aside rumors about Merkel's plans, problems for the political leadership of Germany are not diminishing. On the agenda & mdash; the creation of a coalition government and the further fight against coronavirus, which so far is not proceeding as smoothly as the authorities would like.

Recently there were reports that three parties (Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats) have begun the final stage of negotiations on the ruling coalition, which is called the traffic light. ('red' SPD, 'yellow' FDP and 'green').

Despite the controversy, it is expected that the coalition deal will be agreed by the end of November, and in the first half of December, the social democratic leader Olaf Scholz will be elected as the new chancellor of Germany. He will have to lead the fight against the next waves of coronavirus and the inevitable socio-economic consequences.

Meanwhile, Scholz said back in 2020 that the epidemic would accompany Germany for at least two years. Therefore, few people indulge in hopes of an early exit from the epidemiological crisis.

& mdash; Some blame the government, but most Germans realize that the disease is spreading everywhere, & mdash; noted in a conversation with MK Bremen resident Clemens Byrne. & mdash; Vaccines are indeed popular, but there are more questions about their effectiveness than Merkel or anyone else. I think only new restrictions can improve the situation. They were introduced in Austria, why not us too?

As our interlocutor admits, measures like the Austrian ones could add points to the future German government. As for the attitude of the Germans towards Olaf Scholz, on the one hand, there is some fatigue from Merkel (as many experts say), but there is also a cautious attitude towards her successor. “ Now it is important for people that the government is finally formed and takes concrete measures to combat the epidemic. After that, it will be possible to talk about some kind of attitude towards the new Chancellor '', & mdash; Byrne concludes.

At the same time, as he noted in an interview with MK Vladislav Belov, head of the Center for German Studies at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences are unfounded.

“This prospect is unrealistic,” the expert considers. & mdash; Angela Merkel made it clear that she was leaving politics. If we talk about the contradictions among the parties that have to form a coalition, then they are spelled out in their programs. Basically, these are climate issues and the problem of funding sources for their solution.

Nevertheless & nbsp; already on Friday, November 19, a draft coalition agreement should be agreed, which the parties will have to approve in the first decade of December in order to form a government. There is no one hundred percent guarantee, the party leaders themselves do not comment on what is happening, but in general, they are all interested in the early creation of a new cabinet, for which they are ready to sacrifice some of their guidelines.

This will not bring any changes for Russia: each party has a marked “ ; red lines & raquo; in this direction. The Greens, as you know, oppose Nord Stream 2 and, obviously, will prescribe in a joint statement the provisions reflected in the agreement between Germany and the United States of July 21: the pipeline will be viewed from the point of view of Moscow's allegedly aggressive actions. If any are fixed, the project may be suspended. “

As experts note, Olaf Scholz & ndash; a pragmatic politician ready to build a constructive dialogue with Russia, especially in the field of business. However, it should be remembered that the SPD partners in the future coalition & ndash; especially the greens & ndash; a very negative attitude towards Moscow, which complicates the future of bilateral relations.


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