Germany’s (not so) grand coalition may cause ripple effects on European refugee policy


After a tumultuous 2017 election and six months of political uncertainty, Germany finally has a government. The so-called “grand coalition” made up of the centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU), its right-wing sister party, the…

  • Kelly Soderstrom and Philomena Murray
  • The Conversation

At the centre of it all is the coalition agreement. The 179-page document sets out the goals for the government, including a new approach to Germany’s refugee policy.

Felo 2bThe agreement explains “a new direction for Europe, a new dynamic for Germany, a new cohesion for our country”.

It notes two changes in German leadership: a change in the

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