The announcement on 24 November of the successful conclusion of the German negotiations to form a “traffic light” coalition government (named after the parties’ respective colours: red for Social Democrats, green for Greens and yellow for liberal Free Democrats) brings the promise of a new dynamism in politics, not just for Germany but for the EU as a whole.
Author: Dorothy Smith
Dorothy has been involved in the energy and telecoms sectors for many years, working with EU institutions in Brussels. She was previously the private secretary to a Labour cabinet minister. Returning to the UK in 2005, she settled in a small village at the foot of the South Downs and is partner in a Whitehall-based think-tank focusing on public policy issues.
Following Germany’s recent elections, the country’s politics are shifting as the country’s long-standing chancellor Angela Merkel, quits the role she has made her own. Will this be a test for Germany’s hitherto stable democracy, and what lessons and implications, if any, might there be for the UK?
There were many attempts to make progress at the COP26 climate change talks in Glasgow. But there was also considerable resistance by countries with vested interests in fossil fuels.