Road ahead still unclear for Germany’s ‘traffic light’ coalition

Irish Times | Nov 24, 2021 at 1:11 PM
  • Germany’s prospective “traffic light” coalition turned green on an ambitious reform agenda on Wednesday, but nothing could dispel the pandemic pall over proceedings.
  • After a rush for the prime cabinet jobs, the SPD has agreed to take the little-loved health portfolio but, as of Wednesday, had found no brave soul yet to take it.
  • Meanwhile the fingerprints of the junior Free Democrats (FDP) and Greens are visible in proposals for climate-friendly prosperity: a promise to simplify climate grants for business and cut red tape for families who want to put a solar panel on the roof of their home.