In the FRG signed an agreement on the creation of the Cabinet headed by Merkel

In the FRG signed an agreement on the creation of the Cabinet headed by

17:27 03/12/2018 (updated: 19:33 12/03/2018 ) 2438 4 5 BERLIN, March 12 – RIA Novosti. The current Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU), and Olaf Scholz, acting co-chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), signed a coalition agreement in Berlin to create a new government of Germany.
Social Democrats introduced new ministers in the government of Germany The broadcast of the ceremony was broadcast live by the Phoenix TV channel. On Wednesday in the Bundestag, Angela Merkel will be elected Chancellor of Germany, then President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will appoint Ministers of the new government on the proposal of the Chancellor. The election of Merkel is practically predetermined – the “big coalition” of the CDU, CSU and the SPD has a majority in the German parliament.
Social Economy and Europe
At the morning briefing, all three leaders said they expect the government to work out a full legislative period, that is, four years.
Merkel voiced her expectations on the implementation of the Minsk agreements Merkel stressed that she sees the purpose of the new Cabinet in “improving the welfare of all people in Germany,” strengthening security, and in developing the European component – the Chancellor listed, in particular, topics such as stabilizing the euro, defense efforts within NATO and EU, as well as the implementation of a common foreign policy “with respect to the transatlantic union, as well as relations with Russia, China and other regions of the world.” Head of CSU Seehofer said that the new government represents “middle class interests” and is going to develop a “social economy”.
SPD leader Scholz noted that the European agenda will be central to the future cabinet. Soon he will travel with Merkel to Paris to discuss the reform of the eurozone. Scholz stressed that the welfare of Germany has a fundamental role for the reform of Europe and called for the preservation of jobs in the country.
Opposition is unhappy
Since the morning in Berlin, several briefings were held, in which leaders of opposition parliamentary parties took part. They expressed their dissatisfaction with the text of the coalition agreement, which defines the main tasks for the government for the next four years.
Germany intends to help the EU resolve issues in relations with the US, Russia and China “There is no agreement in the agreement on introducing quotas for the reception of refugees, lawlessness continues,” said Alexander Gauland, head of the right-wing “Alternatives for Germany” faction, adding that Merkel’s policy in the past years “in this matter” led to the split of the German society. ” The leader of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), Christian Lindner, said that “the coalition agreement has become obsolete”, it does not meet new challenges, for example, the threat of a trade war with the US, the forthcoming tax reform and digitalization.
The head of the “Greens” Annalena Burbock stated that the issues of combating climate change are also “missed” in the text of the agreement.
At the end of September 2017 Germany held elections to the Bundestag, after which negotiations began on the formation of a coalition. In Berlin on February 7, the negotiators presented a draft coalition agreement. Earlier, CDU, SPD and CSU presented their candidates for ministerial posts. Merkel will be re-elected chancellor, the post of vice-chancellor and the portfolio of the Minister of Finance will receive Olaf Scholz. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be headed by the Social Democrat Haiko Maas.
The coalition agreement
Former German Chancellor refused to reconsider his attitude towards Putin The coalition agreement, signed on Monday, contains 177 pages. The preamble states that Germany “is experiencing new political times and numerous challenges, international and national.” According to the text, to guarantee “in the long run peace, security and prosperity can only be with the new rise of the EU.” The new government promises to improve the welfare of the citizens of the FRG, strengthen the security, stability and cohesion of society, including in the east of the country: “We recognize the special challenges in eastern Germany as an all-German task,” the document says. Separate mention is made of ensuring equal access to education, 100% employment, improving the system of medical insurance and care, indexing pensions and benefits. The necessity of transition to a digital economy, as well as “better organization and management of migration and integration of those who have come to our society” is underlined.
The document states that in cooperation with Russia it is possible to guarantee peace in Europe, the integrity of national borders and the sovereignty of all states on the basis of OSCE principles, noted “great potential for economic exchange and strong interest in cooperation in the field of civil society.” The abolition of the European sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation in connection with the situation around the Crimea and the conflict in the east of Ukraine is envisaged in exchange for the implementation of the Minsk agreements, in Berlin they traditionally declare their readiness to discuss this topic with European partners (Russia has repeatedly stressed that it is not a party to the conflict on east of Ukraine and the subject of Minsk agreements). The government insists on the implementation of the Minsk agreements “both by Russia and Ukraine.”
Putin said that Merkel sometimes brings him beer The new government of the FRG stands for the full implementation of the nuclear agreement on Iran, which the US has been dissatisfied with since the president became Donald Trump. The coalition agreement speaks of supporting the lifting of restrictions on the economic activities of Tehran, as well as the territorial sovereignty of Syria and Iraq. In Berlin they intend to pursue a policy aimed at reducing armaments and disarmament.
Regarding relations with Turkey, the document states that the opening of new chapters in the negotiations on its accession to the EU, as well as the liberalization of the visa regime and the expansion of the customs union can occur only after Ankara fulfills the necessary criteria.

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