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How Stable Is Germany's New Coalition? The First Fractures Become Apparent in Berlin

The coalition talks were secretive and the three parties involved sought to exude unity and harmony. Now that Germany's next coalition agreement has been presented, though, fractures are becoming apparent. And surprisingly, the Greens may not be the Social Democrats' favorite child.
DER SPIEGEL 48/2021
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The Greens and the SPD seemed perfect partners the last time the two parties governed together. Here, Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

The Greens and the SPD seemed perfect partners the last time the two parties governed together. Here, Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

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Christian Lindner, head of the Free Democrats and soon to be sworn in as Germany's next finance minister.

Christian Lindner, head of the Free Democrats and soon to be sworn in as Germany's next finance minister.

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Robert Habeck, the co-leader of the Greens who will be vice chancellor in the new coalition

Robert Habeck, the co-leader of the Greens who will be vice chancellor in the new coalition

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Annalena Baerbock, Robert Habeck, Olaf Scholz and Christian Lindner arriving at the press conference on Wednesday to present their coalition agreement.

Annalena Baerbock, Robert Habeck, Olaf Scholz and Christian Lindner arriving at the press conference on Wednesday to present their coalition agreement.

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Lindner, says one senior Social Democrat, is "incredibly knowledgeable about the details," and is "a wonderful person."
Habeck is full of confidence, but at the end of the day, a Finance Minister Lindner will be sitting on the money.
The talks were tough, though, and the Greens soon got fed up, and frustration and fatigue grew.
Overall, Scholz’s leadership style is more reminiscent of Angela Merkel than her predecessor Gerhard Schröder.