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Shopon Hossin
Apr 05, 2022
In Education Forum
The immigration issue was considered the most important issue by the population between 2015 and 2018 (Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 2021) and the greatest challenge in the 2017 election campaign. In 2021, however, it lost importance due to less pressure from the current migratory situation and due to the two new environmental challenges: digitization (an area in which Germany is further behind other developed countries) and the pandemic. Only what happened in August 2021 in Afghanistan, where Germany was heavily involved as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) mission, brought the issue of immigration back to the fore and showed that it remains a a problem that the established parties cower in fear of strengthening the AfD. For the first time since the 1953 Bundestag elections, the next German government will likely be made up of more than two parties. Since cooperation and participation in the AfD government (with the traditional parties) has been ruled out, a coalition of the Whatsapp Mobile Number List parties is impossible. A coalition of the three leftist parties (the so-called red-red-green coalition) also seems unlikely in view of the foreign policy stance of The Left, which rejects the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and abstained in the various votes in the Bundestag on the question of Afghanistan. There are then four coalition options left, three of which are named after the country whose flag contains the colors of the member parties: "Kenya" (CDU/CSU, SPD and Greens), "Jamaica" (CDU/CSU, Greens and FDP), "Germany" (CDU/CSU, SPD and FDP); the fourth is known as a "traffic light" (SPD, Greens and FDP). However, a prerequisite for each of these coalitions would be for one party to 'cross sides' and cooperate with parties from the other bloc. The new social democracy needs to recover the centrality of the fight against inequality, but, at the same time, it must account for global changes, in a world in full transformation. In this battle to close gaps, it is essential to articulate responses on climate change and the digital revolution.
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