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Satisfaction contained after the agreement of government to Berlin


A pinch of joy,” the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, after the announcement, Friday, January 12, the result – positive – a week of talks between the TOSCSU and SPD in order to decide if, yes or no, they were going to attempt together to form a government. Since the legislative elections of 24 September, the Merkel government no longer manages the routine affairs.

cautious optimism

In presenting their points of agreement, recorded in a document of 28 pages, the three political leaders of the respective parties “don breathed not euphoria, notes the conservative daily, just a cautious optimism.” For their part, the opponents of the left and right to the grand coalition have often reacted “with skepticism or even hostility”, stresses Die Zeit on his site. And some of the ‘ express the hope that the congress of the SPD [[January 21] it could still be an obstacle.”

wholesale weak points

the synthesis of The talks sketch, however, “a program of the coalition in many ways respectable”, considers the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ).

The liberal Munich – which called for the re-release of the “GroKo” (grand coalition) – is satisfactory to the prospects drafted in the field of health, family policy and the school system as well as the level of employment and pensions.

On the other hand, “the refugees will pay the price and in terms of european policy, it is like a souffle : a lot of air, little substance.” Berlin is “a thousand miles from Paris” says the SZ, evoking the ambitions of Emmanuel Macron to the european Union.

added to this is a fiscal policy that is poor – which penalizes the low-income and who do not fall within the tax rate of the most wealthy, advanced, for its part, die Tageszeitung.

An uncertain future

While “chapter – amer – refugees and their rights are emptied of their contents”, now it is time for Angela Merkel (TOS), Martin Schulz (SPD) and Horst Seehofer (CSU) to resume the reins of power – to “continue otherwise”, wants to believe the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

However, the electoral decline during the legislative elections of 24 September, three political parties who are prepared to govern together for four years on the basis of a new programme remains heavy threats. Their internal tensions, the hardening of the political climate, the rise of the extreme-right and the declining popularity of the chancellor are a source of uncertainty.

Daniel Renon

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