Grand Coalition

  • The Prospects of the Grand Coalition in Germany

    Author: Hiltrud Nassmacher
    Year of publication: 2006
    Source: Show
    Pages: 65-83
    DOI Address:
    PDF: ppsy/35/ppsy2006005.pdf

    The pressure for reforms is similar in all established democracies, including Germany. This is true for all policies. Lower income caused by economic development and ageing societies is a burden on all budgets. ! is increases the pressure on political actors to speed up the decision-making process. In 2005 the grand coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD was welcomed by the German people. Many commentators assumed that the political deadlock would be overcome by the government of the two major parties. Because the second chamber (Bundesrat) is the major veto-player in the German federal system, the current CDU/CSU majority in the Bundesrat was a high hurdle for the former red-green government (1998 to 2005), as until 2006 about 80 percent of all laws had to pass the second chamber. This led to early elections. People hope that the grand coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel will overcome this restriction, which the SPD-led government could not evade. 


    Author: PIOTR KUBIAK
    Year of publication: 2016
    Source: Show
    Pages: 188-216
    DOI Address:
    PDF: hso/10/hso1009.pdf

    The article covers the DVP arguments over the idea of great coalition. Gustav Stresemann, party chairman, was a proponent of that idea, and he pushed towards the formation of a coalition binding SPD, DVP and Center in 1923 and 1928. However, cooperation with SPD caused friction with the right wing of DVP, which had links with heavy industry.

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