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A New Grand Coalition for Germany – and Europe

Posted by hkarner - 29. November 2017

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, is Director of Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development and of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. His books include The End of Poverty, Common Wealth, The Age of Sustainable Development, and, most recently, Building the New American Economy.

With America AWOL and China ascendant, this is a critical time for Germany and the European Union to provide the world with vision, stability, and global leadership. And that imperative extends to Germany’s Christian Democrats and Social Democrats.

NEW YORK – Friends of Germany and Europe around the world have been breathing a sigh of relief at the newfound willingness of Germany’s Christian Democrats and Social Democrats (SPD) to discuss reprising their grand coalition government. The world needs a strong and forward-looking Germany in a dynamic European Union. A new grand coalition working alongside French President Emmanuel Macron’s government would make that possible.

The SPD’s initial decision to go into opposition after its poor election result in September may have been sincere, and even strategically sound. But it is not timely. Diplomacy almost everywhere is fractured.

The United States is reckoning with a psychologically unstable president, a plutocratic cabinet, and a Republican congressional majority. Europe is in the throes of multiple economic, social, political, and institutional crises. China, by contrast, is dynamic and outward-looking – providing good reason for the EU to assume vigorous leadership and engage in constructive partnerships with China on key initiatives (such as sustainable infrastructure across Eurasia). Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »


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JPMorgan-Chef: „Merkels Schwäche ist schlecht für uns alle“

Posted by hkarner - 23. November 2017

Bei einer Veranstaltung des Wirtschaftsclubs von Chicago zeigte sich JPMorgan-Chef Jamie Dimon über die politische Lage in Deutschland sehr besorgt.

Der Chef der US-Großbank JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon hat sich besorgt über das Scheitern der Sondierungsgespräche zur Bildung einer Jamaika-Koalition in Deutschland geäußert. „Die Tatsache, dass sich (Bundeskanzlerin Angela) Merkel in einer geschwächten Position befindet, ist schlecht für uns alle“, sagte Jamie Dimon am Mittwoch auf einer Veranstaltung des Wirtschaftsclubs von Chicago.

Auf die Frage, wie lange US-Präsident Donald Trump wohl noch im Amt sein werde, sagte er: „Wenn ich wetten müsste, würde ich sagen dreieinhalb Jahre.“ Die Demokraten müssten jedoch einen vernünftigen Kandidaten aufstellen. Sonst werde Trump auch die Präsidentenwahl 2020 gewinnen.

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The Twilight of Angela Merkel

Posted by hkarner - 22. November 2017

Philippe Legrain

Philippe Legrain, a former economic adviser to the president of the European Commission, is a visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute and the founder of Open Political Economy Network (OPEN), an international think-tank whose mission is to advance open, liberal societies. His most recent book is European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right .

While Angela Merkel’s departure may not be imminent, her power is leaching away. With Germany set to turn further inward as it struggles to form a new government – and possibly heads to another federal election next year – a hole has emerged at the heart of Europe, and France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, will not be able to fill it alone.

BERLIN – Amid all the crises and upheavals that have battered the European Union over the past decade, one fixed point has been the stolid, stable government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But, following the collapse of talks to form a new coalition, Merkel suddenly seems mortal.

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Deutschland’s Götterdämmerung

Posted by hkarner - 22. November 2017

English: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/germany-merkel-minority-government-by-hans-werner-sinn-2017-11

Hans-Werner Sinn, Professor of Economics and Public Finance at the University of Munich, was President of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research and serves on the German economy ministry’s Advisory Council. He is the author, most recently, of The Euro Trap: On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs.

MÜNCHEN – Deutschland erlebt gerade seine Götterdämmerung, denn Angela Merkel muss nach dem Ausstieg der Liberalen aus den Koalitionsverhandlungen mit den Grünen, der CSU und der FDP nun ernsthaft um ihre Macht fürchten. Eine Koalitionsregierung mit der SPD wird es nur ohne sie geben, und eine andere Mehrheitskoalition kommt nicht mehr in Frage, weil weder die Linken noch die AfD als akzeptable Partner gesehen werden.

Allerdings ist eine Minderheitsregierung unter Angela Merkel vorstellbar. Nach der vom deutschen Bundespräsidenten Frank Walter Steinmeier bekundeten Abneigung gegenüber Neuwahlen ist sie sogar wahrscheinlich, wenn die Kanzlerin nicht von sich aus zurücktritt. Und wenn es doch Neuwahlen gibt, dann werden sie vermutlich kaum zu anderen Ergebnissen als die bisherigen Wahlen führen, es sei denn, Martin Schulz tritt dann zurück. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Danger of a Post-German Europe

Posted by hkarner - 21. November 2017

Ana Palacio, a former Spanish foreign minister and former Senior Vice President of the World Bank, is a member of the Spanish Council of State, a visiting lecturer at Georgetown University, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States.

Whatever government eventually emerges in Germany following the collapse of the talks to form a new coalition probably won’t be in a strong position to advance much-needed institutional reform of the European Union. The danger is that the EU will remaining in a holding pattern – an outcome that the bloc can ill afford.

MADRID – Over the last two centuries, the “German question” – how to contain a Germany whose dominance was buttressed by its commanding size, high productive capacity, and geographic position at the heart of Europe – has occasioned much worry and not a little warfare. Today, with the collapse of negotiations to form a new government coalition, the question has been turned on its head. European leaders worry that Germany is becoming incapable of assuming enough leadership to guide and champion Europe in a globalized world.

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Angela Merkel’s New Germany

Posted by hkarner - 14. November 2017

Marcel Fratzscher

Marcel Fratzscher, a former senior manager at the European Central Bank, is President of the think tank DIW Berlin and Professor of Macroeconomics and Finance at Humboldt University, Berlin.

From welcoming refugees to improving gender equality, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s talent at bridging social and political divides has made Germany’s transformation into an open society possible. This, not economic policy, has been the greatest achievement of her tenure.

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) may have won a majority in September’s federal election, but that does not mean that the country’s future is clear. What emerges as Merkel seeks to form a new coalition with the Greens and the Free Democrats will not only shape Germany’s economic trajectory over the next four years; it will also determine the fate of the country’s transformation into a truly open society.

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How Britain Lost Its Cool

Posted by hkarner - 6. Oktober 2017

Mark Leonard is Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

In the past 20 years, the UK and Germany have switched positions, with the latter now representing openness while the former has come to embody backward-looking nationalism. But there is no reason to believe that the two countries won’t swap places again.

BERLIN – The recent meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May in the Estonian capital of Tallinn was a portrait in contrasts. Merkel has pursued openness and internationalism, and leads a country with a world-beating industrial base and strong trade ties. May talks more about the past than the future, and has disparaged “citizens of the world” while claiming to defend her country’s confused national identity.  Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Never Fear!: Merkel Should Follow Macron’s Lead on Europe

Posted by hkarner - 4. Oktober 2017

Date: 03-10-2017

French President Emmanuel Macron is challenging the populists with a bold vision for the future of Europe. Germany should follow his example.

French President Macron and German Chancellor Merkel

After the election victory, it didn’t take long for the congratulations to come in. Just one day afterwards, the most powerful man in the world, Donald Trump, called German Chancellor Angela Merkel with his best wishes for her party’s success.

That was in March, after the Christian Democrats had just won an election in the tiny state of Saarland. A half year later, though, the U.S. president was conspicuously reticent with his compliments, waiting several days after last Sunday’s general election in Germany before finally calling on Thursday. One could see it as a form of brutal honesty: Given Merkel’s weak result, there isn’t much to celebrate. But perhaps it was also a preview of the new reality: Merkel’s loss of power.

Since the election, the chancellor is no longer viewed as the uncontested leader of the German government, a woman who almost secured an absolute majority for her conservatives in 2013. Instead, if she manages to assemble a coalition with the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens, she’ll be heading up a government experiment born of necessity. And she will be a chancellor whose turn at the top is coming to an end. That will erode Merkel’s authority on the global stage. Leaders like Trump, Putin and Erdogan know only too well when someone in power has passed their zenith. Indeed, that may have been a reason for Merkel’s uncanny imperturbability both on election night and since. Anything to avoid showing signs of weakness. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The spotlight shifts from Germany to France

Posted by hkarner - 29. September 2017

Date: 28-09-2017
Source: The Economist

A dynamic Emmanuel Macron and a diminished Angela Merkel point to a new order in Europe

WHO leads Europe? At the start of this year, the answer was obvious. Angela Merkel was trundling unstoppably towards a fourth election win, while Britain was out, Italy down and stagnating France gripped by the fear that Marine Le Pen might become the Gallic Donald Trump.

This week, it all looks very different. Mrs Merkel won her election on September 24th, but with such a reduced tally of votes and seats that she is a diminished figure. Germany faces months of tricky three-way coalition talks. Some 6m voters backed a xenophobic right-wing party, many of them in protest at Mrs Merkel’s refugee policies. Having had no seats, Alternative for Germany, a disruptive and polarising force, is now the Bundestag’s third largest party. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Posted by hkarner - 28. September 2017

Date: 27-09-2017
Source: Foreign Policy ARGUMENT
Subject: This Was the Worst Possible German Election for Europe

Angela Merkel’s final term was supposed to revive the EU. Now it might condemn the continent to permanent crisis.


Angela Merkel will have a fourth term in office, but not the way she wanted. In Sunday’s election, her Christian Democratic alliance polled at historic lows, and she will have to rely on an untested and difficult coalition or govern with an unprecedented minority government. Merkel will also face a much more fractious and angry opposition featuring the right-wing extremist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), or Alternative for Germany, which made its parliamentary debut as the country’s third-largest party. By contrast, Merkel’s most likely coalition partners, now that the center-left Social Democrats have categorically ruled out participation in yet another grand coalition, placed fourth (the pro-business liberal FDP) and sixth (the Greens).

The result stands in stark contrast to recent elections in France, where Emmanuel Macron received almost two-thirds of the votes in the second round of the presidential contest held last May, and his new centrist party, together with its allies, got just over 60 percent of the seats in the National Assembly. Commentators and policy wonks were quick to point to Macron’s victory as evidence that the populist threat to European democracy had been vanquished. Many even claimed, after the French election, that Paris and Berlin would quickly revive the European Union’s traditional Franco-German engine and initiate overdue reforms to put the continent on a firmer economic and political foundation. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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