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14 Dec 2017

Energy transition and climate among SPD’s 11 topics for grand coalition talks

Clean Energy Wire

The Social Democrats (SPD) have compiled a list of 11 topics to be addressed during talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on renewing a grand coalition of Germany’s two largest political camps. Talking point number 11 is entitled “For climate protection and a successful Energiewende”, and says that Germany must pursue ambitious climate targets at home and abroad in order to preserve its industrial base. “This also entails the implementation of the Energiewende, including the consistent roll-out of renewable energies.” In what appears to be a reference to a coal exit, which is not directly mentioned, the section continues: “Regions affected by structural change will have to be supported financially to develop new economic structures and create new industry jobs”. Other talking points include the strengthening of the EU; safe jobs; gender equality; and education.
SPD party head Martin Schulz said on 7 December that a coal exit was inevitable for Germany to reach its climate targets, but the shift must not come at the expense of workers.

Find the paper in German here.   

Find plenty of background in Coalition watch – The making of a new German government.

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