Make no mistake: there’s been a lot of positive news out of Germany lately. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble recently presented balanced budgets for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The economy is set to grow 1.4 percent this year and exports are peaking. To top it off, unemployment is at a 25-year low.
These solid numbers, however, mask a number of problems Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition government of the Christian Democrat Union (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU) and Social Democrat PArty (SDP) have not yet tackled.
In addition to dramatic changes internationally – from Brexit to the election of U.S. President Donald Trump and the Ukraine conflict – Germany also faces several domestic challenges.