Sunday, January 16

New German government platform ready – coal will be out by 2030

The Social Democrats, the Greens and the Free Democrats have agreed on a new government in Germany. The Christian Democrats lose government power for the first time in 16 years.

Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz (right) will probably be Germany’s next prime minister after the three “traffic light parties” have agreed on a new government agreement. Here he presents flowers to outgoing Prime Minister Angela Merkel after her last government meeting.


Finance Minister Olaf Scholz becomes Germany’s new prime minister and replaces Angela Merkel. The government is called a “traffic light coalition” as the three parties have the colors red, yellow and green.

The new agreement includes a goal to end the use of coal as an energy source by 2030, rather than 2038 as was previously planned. In addition, the parties are in favor of legalizing cannabis in regulated forms. Both of these promises are considered victories for the Greens, who made great strides in the election.

Debt brake

In return, the country will reintroduce the so-called debt brake, which limits the deficit in the state budget in Germany to a maximum of 0.35 percent of GDP. It is a great victory for the market-liberal Freedom Democrats.

The news agency DPA also reports that the coalition will open up to legalize armed drones in the German defense, to protect soldiers on foreign missions.

Agreement , which has been named “Dare to make more progress,” was leaked to several media before the formal presentation at 15.00.

Green Foreign Minister

The Social Democrats (SPD) have been given large ministries such as the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Health. They also get to control defense policy, housing policy and economic cooperation and development.

The Greens are taking on the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs and a new Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. In addition, they will control the Ministry of Family Affairs, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Free Democrats (FDP) get the post of Minister of Finance, as well as the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Transport and Digitization and the Ministry of Education and Research.

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU / CSU) have been in power in Germany for 16 years, and in twelve of them they ruled in a so-called grand coalition with the SPD. The last time the SPD held the post of prime minister was in 1998-2005, when it was in coalition with the Greens.

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