GERMANY: Parties Agree on Coalition Deal

On 7 February, members of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Social Democratic Party (SPD), and the Christian Social Union (CSU) agreed to the terms of a coalition to form a majority in parliament. The coalition will not become official until the SPD votes on the proposed agenda within the coming weeks. In a victory for the SPD, the CDU will allow the SPD to control the finance, foreign, and labor ministries. The coalition deal also includes compromises involving eliminating time limits on labor contracts, a cap on immigration by family reunification, and the restriction of a controversial pesticide. 

[Zach Coffee]