Opinion #SpaceWatchGL: The next draft coalition agreement of the German government – Direct references to space


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by Christoph Beischl, London Institute of Space Policy and Law

The German government’s next draft coalition agreement: direct references to space

The three political parties most likely to form the German government in the next four years – Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen (Alliance 90 / The Greens), Freie Demokratische Partei (Free Party) Democrat) – published their draft coalition agreement (https://www.spd.de/fileadmin/Dokumente/Koalitionsvertrag/Koalitionsvertrag_2021-2025.pdf) yesterday, November 24, 2021.

The agreement, which will function as a basic political document of the German government, is expected to be approved by the relevant party bodies soon.

The Accord deals with space on several occasions. There is no immediate indication that there will be any significant change in Germany’s approach.

The following provides rough translations of direct references to space.

ISPL will update this document as more details on the new German government’s space policy and strategy emerge. In particular, ISPL is eager to assess the new space strategy proposed by the coalition, which is expected to be released in 2022.

Direct references to space:

  1. The domain Innovation, Science, University and Research has a section on Future strategy research.
    The section lists as the fifth area of ​​intervention the exploration of outer space and the high seas, and the establishment of sustainable use regimes.
  2. The Economics domain has a section on Air and space flights.
    The coalition considers spaceflight and the NewSpace area will be the future core technologies.
    The coalition will strengthen the national space program and the European Space Agency (ESA), as well as preserve their independence.
    In addition, he will develop a new space strategy, with due regard to the prevention and disposal of space debris.
  3. The domain Foreign Affairs, Security, Defense, Development, Human Rights has a section on Denuclearization, arms control, arms exports.
    The article specifies that the coalition researches the peaceful use of outer space and cyberspace.
    Also, it will be at a at an early stage, be proactive in arms control against the development of biotechnological, hypersonic, space, cybernetic and AI-related weapon technologies.
Christoph Beischl; Photo courtesy of him

Christoph beischl is a research fellow at the London Institute of Space Policy and Law (ISPL) and focuses on his research on space programs and related decision-making in East Asia and the UK, international space cooperation, space terminology and space safety and security. He is also a visiting scholar in physics at Imperial College London and a member of the International Institute of Space Law. He was co-leader of the Space Law and Policy Project Group of the Space Generation Advisory Council from 2016 to 2019. He holds a PhD from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London , after examining the potential for creating an Asian space agency. Prior to that, he obtained a Magister Artium in Political Science (Major), Law and Modern and Contemporary History (Minor) at the University of Munich, Germany. He is a strong supporter of online privacy and an avid student of the Chinese language.

Reference to published report: https://www.space-institute.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/The-next-German-Governments-draft-Coalition-Agreement-Direct-references-to-space_cb_ISPL_20211125. pdf

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