News Digest Item
31 Aug 2018

SPD accuses Green Party of pursuing reckless climate protection

Spiegel Online

The leader of Germany’s junior government coalition partner SPD, Andrea Nahles, has attacked the Green Party, in parliamentary opposition, for pursuing a climate policy “that does not care about people in coal regions,” Veit Medick writes on Spiegel Online. Nahles said the Green Party, which currently enjoys unprecedented support levels in polls, is pursuing a climate policy “in which the state orders the shutdown of coal plants” but leaves people in the affected regions to their own devices. While nobody denies that coal-fired power production cannot go on forever, the SPD is not available for an “unfair attack on lignite” [brown coal]. 
The SPD, together with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU-CSU alliance, decided in 2016 to set up a commission to plan the end of coal-fired power generation in Germany.

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