New Berlin coalition to prioritise affordable housing and greener industry

Irish Times | Nov 24, 2021 at 2:34 PM
  • Germany moved one step closer to the post-Merkel era on Wednesday with agreement on a programme for government that flags affordable housing and a green industrial transformation as urgent political priorities.
  • After a final late-night negotiation push, the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) will present the plan on Wednesday afternoon with the Green Party and liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP).
  • The latter had hoped to team up with the Greens to push a big state investment programme on climate change, but those ambitions are likely to be pruned back by FDP leader Christian Lindner as finance minister.