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With a coalition agreement finally reached, Angela Merkel’s grand coalition is now in the hands of SPD members

Hogwood, Patricia (2013) With a coalition agreement finally reached, Angela Merkel’s grand coalition is now in the hands of SPD members. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (02 Dec 2013). Website.

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Abstract

Following lengthy negotiations in the aftermath of September’s German federal elections, a coalition agreement was finally reached last week. Patricia Hogwood assesses the gains and losses for the leading party of government, the CDU/CSU, and their prospective coalition partner, the SPD. She writes that the vague wording of the coalition contract and a raft of transitional measures, selective application and conditions mean that both parties can stake a claim to being the ‘party of social justice’ – the issue of greatest concern to the voting public. However, with Angela Merkel at the helm, key cabinet positions and future policy strategy are likely to remain in the hands of the CDU.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 09:15
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 23:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/72270

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