Friday, January 21

Germany. SPD, Greens and Liberals coalition announces agreement to govern

It’s done: the German coalition of Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals concluded an agreement on Wednesday to govern the country. Almost two months after the legislative elections marked by a historic debacle for the conservative camp of the chancellor, the social democrat Olaf Scholz will enter the chancellery, in an unprecedented alliance.

The Greens inherit in particular the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Climate, while the Liberals obtain the ministry of Finance. Among the first major announcements of this coalition: the return to budgetary discipline in 2023, the exit from coal by 2030 and the legalization of cannabis.

Regarding this last measure, the sale in “approved stores” will be reserved for “adults.” “This will allow quality control, prevent the transmission of contaminated substances and guarantee the protection of young people”, specifies the contract of government presented Wednesday by the three coalition parties, specifying that “the social impact of the law” would be assessed after four years.

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