EU frustrated as German internal disputes stifle bloc’s objectives

Internal political conflicts in Germany are hindering EU objectives, frustrating member states.

Germany, traditionally a powerhouse within the European Union, is currently causing widespread frustration among EU member states due to internal disagreements within its ruling coalition. These disagreements have spilled over into obstructing key EU policy objectives, leaving other EU capitals concerned about the bloc’s ability to progress on crucial issues.

The ongoing discord within Germany’s ruling coalition is viewed in Brussels as symptomatic of deeper underlying challenges. These challenges stem from Germany’s need to redefine its economic model following disruptions caused by the Ukraine conflict, which led to the cessation of cheap Russian gas supplies and disrupted trade routes that had long supported Germany’s export-focused economy.


The coalition, led by Social Democrat Olaf Scholz and including the Greens and Free Democrats, has faced challenges in maintaining cohesion since its formation in late 2021. While the Greens have managed to retain some level of public support, both the Social Democrats and Free Democrats have experienced significant declines in popularity.

This decline in domestic support has prompted the Free Democrats to seek opportunities to assert themselves, often at the EU level, to bolster their electoral appeal. Consequently, their actions have complicated EU decision-making processes, particularly in areas such as environmental policies, where the EU’s Green Deal has faced hurdles due to internal disagreements.

Instances such as the last-minute withdrawal by Germany’s Free Democratic Transport Minister from a previously agreed deal to curb CO2 emissions from cars have eroded trust among EU partners. These actions have raised doubts about Germany’s reliability as a partner in upholding agreements made at the EU level.

Furthermore, a recent German constitutional court ruling and subsequent budget shortfall have exacerbated tensions within the coalition and further complicated Germany’s ability to engage constructively in EU affairs.

While Germany’s size and influence within the EU make it a central player in European politics, its internal disputes have created uncertainty and frustration among other member states. As the EU seeks to address pressing challenges such as climate change and economic recovery, the need for German unity and cooperation within the bloc has never been more critical.