(BERLIN) LATEST: Germany’s Greens approve three-party coalition deal with Free Democrats & Social Democrats #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.07: The “yes” vote from members of the party — the last of the three to give its approval to the so-called traffic light coalition — has paved the way for the first government in 16 years without Angela Merkel as chancellor.

#AceDailyNews says that approval of Green Party members was the last hurdle for a new three-way coalition government in Germany. The two other parties, the Free Democrats and the Social Democrats have already voted in favour according to DW News Report:

Norbert Walter-Borjans (2ndL) and Saskia Esken (2ndR), co-leaders of the German Social Democrats (SPD), Christian Lindner (4th R), leader of the German Free Democrats (FDP), Olaf Scholz (C) of SPD, Annalene Baerbock (3rd L) and Robert Habeck (4th L), co-leaders of the Greens Party, arrive to present their mutually-agreed on coalition contract

Germany’s environmentalist Greens announced on Monday that its members had agreed to enter a coalition with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the neoliberal Free Democrats (FDP).

Altogether 86% of valid votes were in favor of the coalition agreement. Around 57% of the party’s 125,000 members cast a ballot, according to the party’s general secretary, Michael Kellner.

New chancellor by Wednesday?

Now the Greens have approved the coalition agreement, Social Democrats’ Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz could be elected to office on Wednesday.

The SPD on Monday announced its picks for the Cabinet of the new federal government.

The party — which emerged as the strongest party in Germany’s September election — will take the portfolios for labor and social affairs, health, interior, defense, development, construction and housing, and the chancellery.

What Germany’s new coalition government is planning

The three parties held two months of intense negotiations following September’s election. They presented their plans in Berlin on November 24, under the title “Dare more progress.”

Some of the key points of a coalition that plans to serve as an “alliance for freedom, justice, and sustainability” include:

  • Introducing a minimum wage of €12 ($13.55) per hour;
  • Make housing affordable, capping rent increases more tightly and building 400,000 new homes a year, including 100,000 using public funds;
  • Relieving electricity customers by no longer having the billion-euro renewable energy surcharge financed on electricity bills;
  • Establishing a new Federal Ministry for Construction and expanding the Ministry of Economics to include climate protection;
  • Obtaining 80% of Germany’s electricity from renewable energies by 2030;
  • Lowering the voting age to 16;
  • Legalizing the recreational use of cannabis.

The new government will replace the grand coalition of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the SPD — the two largest party blocs in parliament, who have dominated German politics since the end of World War II.

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#AceWorldNews – GERMANY – Dec.05 – About 2,000 people protested against the new ‘Red-Red-Green’ coalition government in front of the Thuringian Parliament in the German city of Erfurt on Thursday, Ruptly reports. 

Protesters carried placards reading ‘Communists have already ruled Thuringia’ and ‘Thuringia needs no Linke Prime Minister’ – referring to leftist Die Linke party.

The demonstrators voiced their disagreement with Die Linke politician Bodo Ramelow, who on Friday is likely to be elected as Minister-President at a Thuringia state assembly vote.

If elected, Ramelow would succeed Christine Lieberknecht, who hails from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

Die Linke was founded in 2007 from the merger of the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) – a successor to the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) that ruled the former East Germany – and the Electoral Alternative for Labour and Social Justice (WASG), which had broken away from the Social Democratic Party (SPD).



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#AceNewsServices – Dec.01 – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued sharp criticism against several of his ministers, particularly Finance Minister Yair Lapid, blaming them for the current coalition crisis Arutz Sheva reported. 

“The government must work in harmony,” Netanyahu stated during a Likud faction meeting Monday. “For this reason I supported bills that I did not feel ‘complete’ over, such as [Lapid’s – ed.] 0% VAT bill.”

“I did not get mutual support nor responsibility from government ministers,” the Prime Minister continued. “They attacked me over construction in Jerusalem and exposed me to criticism. They violate agreements obtained explicitly to provide real boosts to Israel’s security and try to knock me down.” 

“I demand that these ministers stop their subversions and attacks,” he added. “If you agree, we can continue together; if you refuse, the [decision] will go to the voters.” 

Netanyahu also clarified that, in his view, the current coalition cannot remain. 

“A government cannot function if ministers are constantly attacking its policies,” he warned.


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EGYPT: ‘ US Secretary John Kerry Arrives in Cairo to Gird Support Against Islamic State ‘

#AceNewsServices – (Exclusive) – EGYPT (Cairo) – September 13 – US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Cairo on the latest leg of a regional tour to forge a coalition to battle the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.



Kerry is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi.

The United States says it is “comfortable” it can build an international coalition to fight the armed group, but with Western and Middle Eastern allies hesitant on the specifics, it risks finding itself out on a limb.

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President Barack Obama this week unveiled a rough

plan to combat Islamic State group fighters simultaneously in Iraq and Syria, thrusting the US directly into two different wars in which nearly every country in the region has a stake.

The broad concept of a coalition has been accepted in Western capitals and on Thursday 10 Arab states, including regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar, signed up to a “co-ordinated military campaign”.

“I’m comfortable that this will be a broad-based coalition with Arab nations, European nations, the United States, others,” Kerry said in the Turkish capital Ankara on Friday.

But he added it was “premature” to set out what tasks individual coalition partners would shoulder.

Iran ruled Out: 

US officials have said the coalition will be broad. However, when asked on Friday, Kerry ruled out Iranian involvement as inappropriate due to its support for the regime of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

He said there were “any number of reasons” why Iran should not join a Paris conference on Monday to discuss coalition strategy.

Iran has never offered to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria, describing it as “shrouded in serious ambiguities”. It has sent soldiers to Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government to combat Islamic State fighters there.

“No one has called me and asked me with respect to the presence of Iran, but I think under the circumstances, at this moment in time, it would not be right for any number of reasons. It would not be appropriate, given the many other issues that are on the table with respect to their engagement in Syria and elsewhere,” Kerry said.

The US on Friday said that it was at war with Islamic State, a day after Obama’s statement that strikes against the group were to extend into Syria.

The comments by Pentagon and White House officials on Friday came as the US president was pressed to clear up doubts about how he saw the conflict with the group, also known as ISIL.

“The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al-Qaeda,” Josh Earnest, a spokesman for the White House, said.

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Workers Rights Come Second To Productivity


The FT reports that the Government is coming under pressure from right-wing Conservative MPs to deliver free market reforms to help boost growth. Boris Johnson has urged the Coalition to slash red tape, and introduce a new London airport and more house building. Nadhim Zahawi says he wants a more flexible labour market to unlock business growth. While Elizabeth Truss has called for an aviation bill and employment reforms to exempt small companies from unfair dismissal claims.

This article in the FT shows how far we will go to provide a stable economy, even down to exempting small companies from unfair dismissal. So all that our previous politicians fought for to give workers, their rights goes by the board when this country starts to feel the pinch!

It is not the man or woman who goes off to their grueling 7 or as in the case of some l have met 14 hour days, to earn a crust, that want to change the rules! This is the so-called middle class that in the last 20 years have gained that foothold on the ladder of success and gained so-called respectability, in the workplace.

As Wikipedia so rightly puts it about the past:

In England 1833, a law was passed saying that any child under the age of 9 could not work, children age 9-13 could only work 8 hours a day, and children aged 14–18 could only work 12 hours a day.

Did we not get past this type of law that allowed children up chimneys in the Victorian Times and allowed them to work only 8 hours! We call that a days work now and what of the days of  the common market, remember that time when people joined,with wide expectations of future jobs, welfare, equal-rights and fairness among the masses! It all turned into a ” gravy train” for all those that climbed aboard!

So now this government minister asks for employment reforms and exemption for small companies from unfair dismissal! Well we all can gather from this type of statement,what this means! The implementation of such change will lead to people being sacked when ever we have a downturn in the economy! Then re-employed when things pick up on a different contract,with lower wages or the like! Maybe we all should doff our cap each time we see a person who is one of our so-called illustrious leaders,as well!

Not me l say! These laws maybe weak and have many loop holes but they protect the very life-blood of this country and in fact the world! Every man, woman and child has a right to be protected at work, given a decent working wage and treated fairly by their employers!

Any reform that starts with exempting companies from their duty is in my opinion tantamount to negligent, provable by law at present but given this type of reform, not for much longer!


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