Party leaders sign coalition agreement

Party leaders sign coalition agreement

Monday, March 12, 2018

The fourth chancellorship of Angela Merkel is nothing in the way: In Berlin, put the tips of CDU, CSU and SPD finally signed their 177-page contract for the grand coalition.

The leaders of the Union and the SPD have signed their new coalition agreement almost six months after the election. The CDU chairwoman Angela Merkel, CSU leader Horst Seehofer and the acting SPD chairman Olaf Scholz concluded their signatures in Berlin under the 177-page document. On Wednesday, Chancellor Merkel will stand for re-election in the Bundestag. After that, the new federal government is to be sworn in. The coalition agreement will meet the current challenges, suggest solutions and bring “very concrete improvements” for the population, Merkel said at the signing ceremony. “There is a lot of work ahead of us, hard and tough work.” Now that a “stable and effective government” stands, the Chancellor called “a dose of joy” in designing. “Then this can be a good government work.” The signatures of the party leaders of CDU, CSU and SPD under the coalition agreement. (Photo: dpa) The grand coalition must ensure cohesion in society, said Scholz. “We should now work every day and we can start signing the coalition agreement.” Seehofer called the coalition agreement “a good work” and a reconciliation of interests between three people’s parties. In his view, the agreement is a contract “for the little people”. “This is the center of our society.” Now the government must make pace, added the designated interior minister in view of the long time of coalition formation. Alluding to speculation that he may not yet be a federal minister of the interior, Seehofer jokingly said: “I have a little melancholy in my heart that with the signature I am doing today, the whole process is irreversible – even for me personally I like coming to Berlin. ” Prosperity for all more on the subject Prior to Merkel, Seehofer and Scholz, the secretaries-general of the three parties signed the document, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Andreas Scheuer and Lars Klingbeil. Also Union faction leader Volker Kauder, SPD parliamentary group leader Andrea Nahles and CSU country group chief Alexander Dobrindt have signed the contract. At a joint press conference, the party leaders previously stressed that they want to make an effort to harmonize living conditions in Germany. In addition, they want to combat future concerns among the population in times of globalization and rapid digitization. The goal of the coming government is to renew the “prosperity promise” in times of globalization and digitization, Merkel said. “The prosperity of our country must reach all people.”


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