This week, the exploratory talks for a government coalition between Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU), Liberals (FDP) and Greens – a so-called Jamaica coalition – will focus, among other things, on Europe and possible reforms of the eurozone. In an interview with the Financial Times, former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer emphasised today that Emmanuel Macron’s reform proposals are a historic opportunity which Germany should not miss. MEP Sven Giegold, financial and economic policy spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group commented:
“Fischer is right. Germany would miss a historic opportunity if it didn’t reach out to Macron. We will sleepwalk into the next EU crisis if we do not tackle necessary reforms now. Germany should no longer place Macron on hold, but should instead respond constructively to his suggestions. We have to resolve the differences with the CDU/CSU and the FDP now in the exploratory talks, not once a possible government is in office. A Jamaica government with unresolved conflicts on this central issue would be doomed to fail.
We agree with Christian Democrats and Liberals that we do not want a separate Eurozone budget outside of the EU budget. But this is not a rejection of a common European fiscal policy. Quite the contrary, we need joint investments in order to make Europe fit for the future. In addition, we need stronger common financial policy instruments to cushion future crises. Germany should reach out to Macron regarding investments and crisis prevention in the eurozone, instead of giving him the cold shoulder.”
Interview with Joschka Fischer in the Financial Times: https://www.ft.com/content/8a0f28e8-ba5c-11e7-8c12-5661783e5589?mhq5j=e7
This morning, Deutschlandradio Kultur interviewed Sven Giegold about the exploratory taks for a Jamaica coalition (in German): http://ondemand-mp3.dradio.de/file/dradio/2017/10/30/wie_sollte_deutschlands_ Antwort_ auf_macron_aussehen_dlf_k_20171030_0735_8508ce85.mp3