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The Ministry of Finance is gone, the SPD successes are shining more beautiful: In the CDU many quarrel with the Coalition treaty. Your balance is not bad at all.

CDU: Good in defense

The Ministry of Finance is gone, the SPD successes are shining more beautiful: In the CDU many quarrel with the Coalition treaty. Your balance is not bad at all.

CDU: Good in defense
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    A few hours after agreement, CDU politician Paul Ziemiak wanted to make something clear. So chairman of Young union said: it could not always be a question of what SPD members wanted. After all, SPD is weaker partner in this alliance.

    It does not speak for mood in CDU after negotiations on grand coalition that sentences like that of Ziemiak are even necessary. The party quarrels with results, although y are not so bad for m. Even if it looks like it at first sight.

    Ziemiak, for example, is particularly disturbing to division. The fact that SPD had received three central ministries with Finance department, Labour Office and Foreign Ministry was "not particularly happy", he said shortly before start of after-day group meeting. Carsten Linnemann, chairman of CDU Association for Union, spoke of a "clear imbalance" in distribution of division and prophesied: "This will remain in clos for a long time".

    This was still formulated cautiously compared to negative criticism of CDU Economic Council. "For CDU, division's distribution is a miserable result of negotiations," said his general secretary Wolfgang Steiger of Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, shortly after marathon session was over from Tuesday to Wednesday. and orwise he wouldn't let a good hair on result. The Coalition Treaty breas "stink of redistribution," lamented Steiger.

    Parts of coalition treaty also caused abdominal pain to Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer. "A price increase in labor costs is certainly not right signal in se times," he said time online. The Social Democrats had enforced fact that entrepreneurs should again pay more into health insurance fund, namely same proportion as workers.

    "We must now make it clear what Union stands for in coalition," said Paul Ziemiak, too.

    But what does Union stand for in coalition agreement, what exactly is CDU's share of result?

    Many electoral promises implemented

    If you look at contract closely, balance sheet for CDU is not so bad. Merkel's supporters – especially Bundestag group leader Volker Kauder – emphasize that CDU once again ensured that re should be no new debt. The CDU was able to enforce Black zero as well as renunciation of tax increases in previous government negotiations, as it did this time. However, wher she is as safe with a SPD finance minister as under reign of former incumbent Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU)?

    In this respect, it seems reassuring to Union that it will be Hamburg's head of government Olaf Scholz (SPD) to take over post. He proved to be very knowledgeable during coalition negotiations, attesting to him, for example, CSU finance politician Hans Michelbach.

    The CDU can make a catch on many promises it has given in election campaign: billions for digitisation and education, additional services for families (higher child benefit, new Baukindergeld), promotion of rural development, new Government will also have to pay billions. The fact that living conditions in town and country should at least be harmonised was also one of central campaign promises of CDU. And is now in treaty again.

    Good in defense

    Above all, however, CDU has shown clear limits to SPD. If, at beginning of negotiations, Socialists were still assuming that y could demand almost everything because of Merkel's supposedly desperate situation, this quickly turned out to be a false verdict.

    The Social Democrats were not really able to prevail in family reunification for refugees or in case of citizens ' insurance or abolition of temporary employment contracts. The decisions on Europe are also far less explicit than SPD leader Martin Schulz now represents. It is by no means certain wher it will really come to European investment budget that Schulz is touring as end of austerity dictate. Here, too, CDU has managed to dilute SPD demands massively.

    Fending off ors ' plans is perhaps less glamorous than enforcing ir own plans. Neverless, Merkel's critics do not deny that this is a success.

    BERLIN-Schulz sees coalition agreement as success of SPD SPD leader Martin Schulz, coalition agreement with Union has a "social democratic handwriting". Schulz received a contradiction from Horst Seehofer, chairman of CSU. © Photo: Ferdinand Ostrop/AP Photo/DPA

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