German political crisis: what next?

The recent breakdown of the negotiations for a new coalition in Germany took many stakeholders by surprise. As our pre-elections report published in June had already predicted, putting together a coalition between the Christian Democrats, the Liberals and the Greens is a painstaking operation. The abrupt end of the preliminary talks showed that there are still limitations to political engineering, as the positions of the Greens on most issues are still too far from the ones of their potential coalition partners. Continue Reading

What can the EU expect from the German federal election?

The future of many EU policies largely depends on the outcome of German election in September. Indeed, the potential end of the grand coalition, made up of the Christian Democratic Union and the Social Democrats, could alter the position of Berlin on issues such as the EU defence policy and the future of the Eurozone.

According to its supporters, the grand coalition brought harmony and balance to German politics. Continue Reading

Large Majority of EU political forces endorse ECB’s monetary policy

Large Majority of EU political forces endorse ECB’s monetary policy

On the 22nd of November, a comfortable majority of politicians representing parties across the EU (MEPs) backed a text which defended the famous decision by Mario Draghi to “do whatever it takes” to save the euro, as well as ECB’s measures to fight against the low inflation rate in the Eurozone area. Continue Reading