Defence and development: the coalition agreement is vague on this point and commits to spend an additional 2 billion euros ($2.46 billion) on “international responsibility” and medium-term plans for investments of about 9 billion euros more, but the issue remains controversial between the parties. Any investment in development will be linked to increased defence spending. The agreement can be considered a retro event, framed by the GroKo doctrine of strict adherence to things once agreed upon. Angela Merkel has taken a decisive step to end a four-month period of political uncertainty by reaching a coalition agreement with the centre-left Social Democrats, but at the expense of a larger party role in government. But the price of a renewed “grand coalition” should come at the expense of resigning important ministries to her junior coalition partner and exposing the chancellor to criticism from her own party. How the grand coalition wants to shape Germany`s future and confront the world. The main points of the coalition agreement on Europe, foreign policy and migration. The SPD is about to vote on whether to negotiate another “grand coalition” with Angela Merkel`s conservatives. If the party says “no,” the chancellor`s options could become scarce. (21.01.2018) The plan to reunite refugee families was one of the most controversial themes of the coalition “We want to remain transatlantic and become more European from the perspective” is a central statement on foreign policy.
On the one hand, it underlines the critical importance of partnership with the United States; On the other hand, global policy aims to strengthen Europe`s weight. Beyond its commitment to NATO, the United Nations and the OSCE, Germany wants to assume more responsibility around the world and is aiming for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council in 2018. The guiding principles of German foreign policy are: the current agreement, which even Angela Merkel calls “small” – and she is the champion of dismantling problems until it becomes unrecognizable – is not a sign of confidence in Germany`s power of renewal. But the agreement shows rather that they distrust each other, blacks (CDU/CSU) and Reds (SPD) – and also members of their party. There are certainly opportunities for resistance. Either the party`s base rejects the GroKo agreement – or it rejects the alternative for the party leadership with Andrea Nahles. In other words, after the coalition negotiations, there are new coalition negotiations – in this case the internal negotiations. The deal, reached more than five months after the September elections, was an important victory for Angela Merkel, who is due to serve her fourth and final term as chancellor at the head of another “grand coalition.” The SPD voted in favour of the agreement in early March, the last major obstacle to the formation of a government.