Those were the times: A new government came into office, found its bearings relatively calmly and then gradually picked up speed to push through announced reform projects. Let’s say: retirement at 67. That’s how it was during Angela Merkel’s first term in office from 2005 onwards.
She then had three years in office before the big crisis came, the financial crisis. And was all of that challenging – it seems like nothing compared to what the current federal government has to do.
No alliance has ever experienced times like this before it has just taken its place. Five months of maximum concentration with crisis management that becomes part of everyday life. Historic moments that do not forgive failure in government action, otherwise the world could go up in flames.
No small coin anywhere, literally, not figuratively, not financially. The pressure on red, yellow and green is correspondingly great, on the traffic light coalition, which is trying to do its best to withstand and meet the enormous demands. The traffic light, which in this constellation is also a historical alliance and is therefore under special observation.
Every small decision immediately has long-term effects
The purpose of the retreat at Schloss Meseberg was to make sure that everyone in government, regardless of color, really understood what was going on. That the resolution to deal with each other in a collegial and cooperative manner and to work together in solidarity is a mandatory prerequisite for success. More than ever.
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What is it about, what is a success in the end? To live the oath of office, to avert damage from the German people, internally, externally, whether through Corona or the most barbaric war of annihilation in Europe since the Second World War.
And to keep an eye on the future in all of this. Because there will be an end to the war, this war too, the world will keep turning and the tasks afterwards will not be any less. For this purpose, in addition to crisis management, preparatory work must also be carried out.
You have to imagine this: Every decision, no matter how small, immediately has long-term effects. Each one must also be felled at high speed with the greatest possible precision.
It is by far not just about arms deliveries to Ukraine, which in themselves mean a turning point for Germany. But there are also, as an example, the sanctions against the aggressor Russia. They have to be put together nationally in the network of departments, then coordinated internationally and then put into practice, legally, politically and parliamentarily.
This complexity – it opens up too little, especially since announcements are already consumed in public as facts. Given that, everything goes pretty fast; whoever wants to be fair will not deny the government at least its political dynamism. So several task forces have been found; Integrating skilled workers from Ukraine and Russia and giving them a perspective on the job market – four departments are already working on this.
And the legislation, whether in terms of sanctions or the now even faster conversion to climate-neutral, resource-saving economies that secure our future, shows: Democracy works.
It is precisely through these challenges that civil society proves itself with its democratic means. She can demonstrate her resilience under the highest pressure and thus develop radiance both internally and externally.
The federal government has to do no less. All in all, this is a worthwhile, thankful prospect for society. If it succeeded, it would be a historic achievement. This coalition can also fail. But anyway, it’s her time. And her chance.