The newest German coalition’s attempt at forming a new
government has been a long controversial road. In November, the three main
parties (CDU, SPD, and CSU) couldn’t come to an agreement on the last coalition
that they were trying to form known as Jamaica. Since then, they have recently
come to an agreement to form a coalition, but definitely haven’t come to an
agreement on “sticky points.” In the previous attempt to form a coalition, it
was mainly the SPD that couldn’t come to an agreement. In December, just after
forming the newest coalition, the SPD drew up eleven different points that they
deemed most important to be a part of the new government. These various points
were set up to be discussed and didn’t necessarily mean that it was a must for
the SPD to get every single one of these points in the next government. Despite
the attempt to be entirely tranquil in discussing the various topics, conflict
arose between the parties, especially the issues about immigration.

            Immigration
was a very sticky topic for all three of the main parties. The CDU was led by
Federal Interior Minister Thomas De Maizière and Hesse Governor
Volker-Bouffier; Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann and party General-Secretary
Andreas Scheuer are leading the CSU. While the SPD is headed by Ralf Stegner
and Eva Högl. By January 10, it was clear that the parties were having trouble
coming to agreement on two different topics: refugees being granted asylum in
Germany to bring their immediate family members to the country; and the upper
limit on the number of refugees allowed to come to Germany each year. These are
rather sticky topics because both the CSU and the SPD feel really strongly
about their opinions on these respective topics. The CSU wants to continue to
block refugee family reunification and make a 200,000 per-year-cap on the sheer
amount of refugees allowed into the country.

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