The German governing coalition is facing a series of challenges that leave it with no chance of maintaining its unity as inter-party disagreements have already led to major public discontent.
French President Emmanuel Macron will have to battle for his promised reforms after far-left and far-right rivals log historic gains.
From the Covid-19 fight to digitalisation and a green transition, there are several challenges awaiting the new German coalition government under its Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s leadership.
The SPD's Olaf Scholz is due to be elected chancellor by the Bundestag lower house of parliament and officially take office on Wednesday.
Magdalena Andersson resigned after the government’s own budget proposal was rejected in favour of one presented by the opposition that includes the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats.
The coalition agreement marks an end to the Merkel era in German politics, ushering in an alliance with the Social Democrats, the Greens and liberal Free Democrats that will install Finance Minister Olaf Scholz as chancellor.
In major European nations like the UK and France, populist movements dominate the political landscape. But in Germany, mainstream politics continues to rule.
After 16 years, Germany’s Social Democrats finally beat Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats in September polls. If a left-led government comes in power, will it change much in the EU?
The three parties have outlined plans for Europe’s biggest economy in an initial coalition agreement, touching on issues such as minimum wage, taxes and climate protection.
Germany has slipped into a period of political unpredictability after the Social Democrats’ narrow win in general elections left it facing a rival claim to power from outgoing Chancellor Merkel’s conservative camp.
The result of the elections on Sunday is unpredictable, and many coalition options are already on the table. Talks between parties after the results are expected to take a while.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo declares victory in her reelection bid as municipal elections postponed by the coronavirus crisis have seen a strong breakthrough from the Greens across the country.
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