New German government platform ready – coal will come out, cannabis will come in

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz becomes Germany’s new prime minister and replaces Angela Merkel. The government is called a “traffic light coalition” as the three parties have the colors red, yellow and green.

NEW PRIME MINISTER: Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz (right) will probably be Germany’s next prime minister after the three “traffic light parties” have agreed on a new government agreement. Here he presents flowers to outgoing Prime Minister Angela Merkel after her last government meeting. Photo: Markus Schreiber

Although the election was in September, the agreement was unexpectedly quick to negotiate, given the large political differences between the parties. The relief is thus great both among Germany’s international partners and Germans who were worried about the fourth corona wave. Scholz and the rest of the government will set up a crisis team to fight the virus.

The incoming Prime Minister expects the members of the three parties to give their blessing to the agreement within the next ten days. He plans to take over around December 6.

GOVERNMENT: The party leaders of the new German governing parties, left: Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck from the Greens, the new Prime Minister Olaf Scholz from the Social Democrats, and Christian Lindner from the Free Democrats.  Photo: Markus Schreiber

GOVERNMENT: The party leaders of the new German governing parties, left: Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck from the Greens, the new Prime Minister Olaf Scholz from the Social Democrats, and Christian Lindner from the Free Democrats. Photo: Markus Schreiber

The coal is going away

The new agreement includes a goal to end the use of coal as an energy source by 2030, rather than 2038 as was previously planned. The development of renewable energy sources will also be greatly expanded,

In addition, the parties are in favor of legalizing cannabis in regulated forms. Both of these promises are considered victories for the Greens, who made great strides in the election.

The health workers will receive a large bonus for their efforts during the corona pandemic, on which the new German government will spend about NOK 10 billion.

Debt brake

In return, the country will reintroduce the so-called debt brake, which limits the deficit in the state budget in Germany to a maximum of 0.35 percent of GDP. It is a great victory for the market-liberal Freedom Democrats. They have fought hard against tax increases and deficit budgeting.

The news agency DPA also reports that the coalition will open up to legalize armed drones in the German defense, to protect soldiers on foreign missions.

Agreement , which has been named “Dare to make more progress,” was leaked to several media just before the formal presentation on Tuesday afternoon.

DEBT BRAKE: Germany's new prime minister Olaf Scholz has said the new government will reintroduce the so-called debt brake.  Photo: Fabrizio Bensch / AP / NTB

DEBT BRAKE: Germany’s new prime minister Olaf Scholz has said the new government will reintroduce the so-called debt brake. Photo: Fabrizio Bensch / AP / NTB

Green Foreign Minister

The Social Democrats (SPD) have been given large ministries such as the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Health. They also get to control defense policy, housing policy and economic cooperation and development.

The Greens are taking on the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs and a new Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. In addition, they will control the Ministry of Family Affairs, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Free Democrats (FDP) get the post of Minister of Finance, as well as the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Transport and Digitization and the Ministry of Education and Research.

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU / CSU) have been in power in Germany for 16 years, and in twelve of them they ruled in a so-called grand coalition with the SPD. The last time the SPD held the post of prime minister was in 1998-2005, when it was in coalition with the Greens.

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