Germany’s new government holds great promise

11/26/2021 12:14:00 PM

It will need luck, too

The methodical and disciplined way the three parties have worked through their differences gives reason to hope that they will be able to go on doing so

It will need luck, too

More than that, it is now reasonable to expect that Germany, whose new foreign minister is set to be Annalena Baerbock, one of the Greens’ co-leaders, will push much harder than before for theEU, of course; but it is still the most influential member of the club. Likewise, Europe does not always prevail. But its commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, though it binds no one else, has become a global standard that others are under increasing pressure to meet.

allies may fret that Germany now plans to attend the first meeting of signatories to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. But it will be as an observer only and, more important, the new government will continue with “nuclear sharing”: the positioning of American nukes on German soil and Germany’s commitment to maintain aircraft to drop them if need be. (A failure to commit itself firmly to

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Android .Oct.Which animals are likely to harbour the coronavirus? Our podcast on the science and technology making the news.Read full article Final round of coalition talks in Berlin Tom Sims November 24, 2021, 5:01 PM · 3 min read By Tom Sims FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's new government on Wednesday pledged to tackle the country's gender pay gap, one of the widest in the European Union, vowing to increase wage transparency through stronger legislation.

We choose to be optimistic. The entry into the government of the world’s fourth-largest economy by the mainly pragmatic Greens is good news at a time of environmental peril. The pandemic must be overcome, the climate crisis contained, sustainable prosperity re-established and cohesion redefined in the face of social change,” they said. The devil is in the detail, and there is a lot of it already; the coalition deal comes in the form of a 177-page document laying out its pre-agreed policies. On climate change, these include a pledge to end the burning of coal for electric power by 2030 (eight years earlier than had previously been planned) and to raise the share of renewables to 80% by 2030, from a previous goal of 65%. With this coalition agreement, after intensive negotiations, we succeeded in setting the course for this,” Baerbock and Habeck said. There is also welcome attention to the nuts and bolts of how all these commitments will actually be achieved. Ingrained cultural stereotypes and biases, poor access to childcare, skewed tax systems, and education idiosyncrasies mean that Germany's pay gap has changed little under Chancellor Angela Merkel, economists and equality advocates say.

More than that, it is now reasonable to expect that Germany, whose new foreign minister is set to be Annalena Baerbock, one of the Greens’ co-leaders, will push much harder than before for the EU to do more to fight climate change, and for the EU ’s weight as the world’s second-largest consumer market to be used to urge others on. Scholz, 63, who has served as Merkel’s finance minister and vice chancellor since 2018, is expected to replace the chancellor after she announced in October 2018 that she would not be running for a fifth term . Germany cannot routinely get its own way in the EU , of course; but it is still the most influential member of the club. Likewise, Europe does not always prevail. During the meeting, Scholz handed her a bouquet of flowers. But its commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, though it binds no one else, has become a global standard that others are under increasing pressure to meet. The carbon news is therefore good, and other parts of the package are as well. Picture Alliance / via Getty Images News of Wednesday’s deal was somewhat overshadowed by the worsening Covid-19 situation in Germany, which has seen record numbers of infections in recent days. The government said that it would support an EU directive on pay transparency, which is currently under discussion by the European Commission and parliament in Brussels.

NATO allies may fret that Germany now plans to attend the first meeting of signatories to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. But it will be as an observer only and, more important, the new government will continue with “nuclear sharing”: the positioning of American nukes on German soil and Germany’s commitment to maintain aircraft to drop them if need be.” He announced that his chancellery would have a crisis team, as well as an expert group, that would focus on combating the spread of Covid. (A failure to commit itself firmly to NATO ’s defence-spending target of 2% GDP is a bigger, but hardly new, worry.) Other pluses include measures to reform Germany’s creaking bureaucracy and a vow to legalise cannabis. “Vaccinating is the exit from the pandemic,” he said. A tougher line against Russia and especially China is also on the cards. But there is opposition to the plan from the Confederation of German Employers' Associations, which views the proposal as "Brussels bureaucracy".

There are trickier elements. Chantal Da Silva. The expected appointment of Christian Lindner, leader of the Free Democrats, as finance minister suggests that ditching Germany’s outmoded debt brake or loosening the EU ’s purse strings beyond its €750bn ($840bn) covid-recovery package is unlikely; Mr Lindner has been an opponent of both. Still, none of this looked likely to change much, whoever got the job. Mr Scholz is thrifty, like most German voters, and Germany belongs to a group of frugal northern EU countries. Even so, the deal contains signs of flexibility here, too. "That's the real problem.

And Mr Lindner’s involvement could well be a plus. He is strongly pro-business, and his presence will reassure conservatives if such flexibility is employed. Perhaps the biggest worry about the new coalition is that it may spend too much of its time arguing. On many issues, Mr Scholz can expect his liberal partners to pull in one direction, and his Green partners in another. The laboriously hashed-out plan provides a baseline of agreement, but there will always be things it failed to foresee, or simply ducked. A female manager at Hannover-based insurer VGH sued her employer after she learned that her male counterparts earned 1,000 euros a month more than her, her lawyer Jan Scholand said.

Covid-19 is again raging in Germany (see Leader) and Vladimir Putin is a menace. But the methodical and disciplined way the three parties have worked through their differences gives reason to hope that they will be able to go on doing so. Viel Glück! ■ This article appeared in the Leaders section of the print edition under the headline "Green shift" .