Coalition Politics: Compromise is Key to Funding Germany’s Future

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) won the largest share of votes in Germany’s elections, but without an outright majority, it is not yet certain they will lead a coalition government in the German parliament (Bundestag). This departure from a “Grand Coalition” of the two largest parties, the Christian Democratic Unionists (CDU) and the SPD, would happen as Angela Merkel steps down as German Chancellor after 16 years. The coming days and weeks will reveal the makeup of the government, with a coalition between the SPD, Green Party and Free Democratic Party (FDP) most likely, and if Merkel’s CDU Party loses power, we would see a new approach to public spending and Germany’s green transition.