Germany’s SPD has long seen Macron as a beacon of hope. But his stance on migration policy will greatly frustrate them – and rob Angela Merkel of her European cover.
If the CSU does not agree to any compromise on migration policy, Merkel’s government may fall apart.
The new German foreign minister charts a refreshingly principled stance toward Russia.
Why it is practically impossible for the SPD to reinvent itself.
With a new term for Merkel, Germany and Europe can breathe a sigh of relief.
As Germany and Italy decide the shape of their future governments, the EU is making slow progress. It is abandoning lofty schemes and determined to focus on people’s real problems.
If immigration remains at the level of recent years, about 20% of the populations of France, England and Germany will be Muslim in the foreseeable future.
Even if the SPD votes against joining a new “GroKo” government, the damage which prolonged political uncertainty in Berlin would inflict on Germany and Europe would be very limited.
If it comes to pass, Germany’s new “grand coalition” government’s EU-related plans represent progress for Macron’s calls to reform Europe.
Germany will continue to gradually slip from the top to the upper middle ranks of the growth league of major European countries. Its current golden decade will end in the 2020s.