German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with broadcaster ZDF, he was not going to let anyone take his post until 2021. Thus, she responded to rumors that due to the ambiguous fate of the new government, the armchair under it has reeled. After all, despite the achievement of “breakthrough” in the negotiations of his party with the social Democrats, the agreement on ruling coalition has yet to endorse the Congress rank and file members of the SPD. And given the internal contradictions in the party and the resignation of its leader Martin Schulz, the outcome of the vote difficult to predict. After more than four months after the parliamentary elections in Germany is still on the threshold of a long period of uncertainty.
“I was a candidate for a four-year term, Merkel said in an interview. — I promised to the people these four years, and I’m one of those people who keep promises”. Whatever it was, she admitted that she has had to make serious concessions to the social Democrats, who initially refused even to talk to her about the coalition. In early February, it was reported that the CDU/CSU and the SPD reached a “breakthrough” agreement. According to him, social Democrats had to move the posts of Minister of foreign Affairs, labour and Finance. And if the first two Ministerial portfolios and the already traditionally reserved for the social Democrats in a “Grand coalition”, the Ministry of Finance is a painful concession from Merkel.
“I understand that it is frustrating. Yes, to concede the Ministry of Finance was painful, said the Chancellor this question, but at the same time, it is acceptable, from my point of view.” Meanwhile, Olaf Scholz, to whom designate a post of the Minister of Finance, has said that German economic policy needs to be revised, and Berlin should no longer impose its will on the countries of the European Union.
As he wrote the German media, the post of foreign Minister in the new government wanted to take the leader of the SPD, Martin Schulz. But the current foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, not that eager to part with their position. This created conflict in the ranks of the social Democrats, in which Schultz had to say about the resignation and the refusal of a Ministerial portfolio. On March 2, he will hand the post of party Chairman to the Chairman of the SPD faction in the Parliament Andrea Nales. Nevertheless, Merkel is still willing to give Schultz a place in the government, as she underlined in conversation with journalists. It is not yet clear whether this will be the post of foreign Minister or another Ministry.
Meanwhile, the fate of the coalition agreement is still in question. Although its details have been agreed between the leaders of the two parties, it must be approved at the Congress of social Democrats, many of whom are very skeptical in relation to the new “Grand coalition”. But until that happens, Merkel remains the only “technical” Chancellor.
“Merkel is likely to do will remain for the next term. She’s a strong figure, and for her in this situation, there is no serious alternatives, — expressed his point of view in a conversation with “MK” senior researcher of the Center for German studies Institute of Europe RAS Ekaterina Timoshenkova. — As for the fate of the coalition agreement, I would not call the agreements “breakthrough”, as it is trying to represent the party. Their enforced Union is an exception, not the rule. There is a rejection of this agreement in that party. But the chances of a new “Grand coalition” of SPD and CDU/CSU still more than the failure of the talks, despite some nervousness and unpredictability that prevails in the ranks of the social Democrats. Both parties understand that the more they are distracted by internal problems, the less they engaged in international Affairs, and the initiative of the EU intercept other countries. In particular, France under the leadership of Emmanuel Macron. In addition, the early formation of the government expects from them and German business”.
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