the tips of The black-red coalition have advised to start off the year on the Central themes of the government in the next few months. The group came together in the evening under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) in the government headquarters in Berlin.

Previously, had met in the Chancellery of the old and new top of the Union with Angela Merkel. In the deliberations of the coalition top, it should go to the information of the German press Agency, the main points of the government work in the new year.

In groups of Participants talk of a long agenda, with at least nine key points. It was expected that discussions deep into the night. Information on results were not expected on the evening – you have not disclosed, it was said of both sides. It was a rather unspectacular new year’s meetings at the invitation of the Chancellor.

In the deliberations took from the SPD side, the internal under severe pressure, party leader Andrea Nahles, Vice-Chancellor and Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz, as well as foreign Minister Heiko Maas part. Previously, the new CDU at the Meeting of the Union side with Merkel-Boss Annegret participated Kramp-Karrenbauer, Union leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) and CSU chief Horst Seehofer, his designated successor, the Prime Minister of Bavaria, Markus Söder, and the Berlin of the CSU land group chief Alexander Dobrindt.

After several serious government crisis, which had led in the past year, almost to the Failure of the coalition and From the fourth Merkel government is still in its first year, the coalition now appears to be a more positive image. Dobrindt and Kramp-Karrenbauer had tried following the rift between Seehofer and Merkel on the migration policy of the Chancellor during a Meeting of the CSU group in the Bavarian town of Seeon at the end of last week, to leave the impression of a new Unity.

The year-long dispute between Seehofer and Merkel has contributed in the view of many in the Union, to the miserable election results, and survey values of the CDU and the CSU. After Seehofer, Söder had to leave in the past year, his office as Bavarian Minister-President, Söder on 19. January, be elected by the party Congress in Munich, also of its successor as CSU leader.

This would be represented with Kramp-karrenbauer, Söder and Nahles, all three party leaders of the coalition, neither in the Cabinet Merkel in the Bundestag. Among other things, for this reason, the meetings of the coalition Committee of Union and SPD should be re-structured.

In Osnabrück want to advise politicians from the two largest country groups in the SPD group in the Bundestag from this Tuesday on for two days, over the course of your party. Thereby, the policy on Europe, the economy and the welfare state, and the state of the SPD. Nahles wants to speak in Osnabrück on Wednesday on the topic of “Strong SPD”. In a position paper, criticized the SPD politician before the Meeting, the current crisis of the SPD was in their recent history, unprecedented. The renewal would have to basic to be addressed more.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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