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The French Republic chose well when it selected Frances Seymour for this honor. She has been a great asset to us here at CGD, where she leads our Tropical Forests for Climate and Development initiative, which is helping to broaden policymakers’ understanding of the close links between forest protection, successful development and reduced climate change threat. Frances epitomizes the combination of research rigor and practical policy experience that is a hallmark of our work at CGD.
I am looking forward to a reception that will be held in Frances’s honor at the French Embassy on May 1. A few places remain for friends and admirers who have not yet received an invitation. If you are among them, you can send a note to events@CGDev.org to request one.
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Yesterday, the German Social Democrats (SPD) voted in favour of pursuing in-depth coalition talks with Angela Merkel’s Conservatives (CDU). Although the chancellor’s battle for political survival is far from over (as the final coalition agreement will have to be backed by the majority of SPD’s 443,000 party members), it is likely that we will see a remaking of a grand coalition. Here we look what that would mean for Germany’s leadership on development.