The coalition treaty agreed by Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) is filled with promises and vaguely worded provisions on climate, energy and transport and it remains to be seen if 2030 climate targets will actually be reached, writes Susanne Götze in an opinion piece for klimaretter.info. “Climate change is difficult to grasp, and suitable for drivelling speeches and symbolic policy,” writes Götze. In 2030, when we will know whether or not Germany has adhered to its climate protection plan and how binding the new binding nature really was, Angela Merkel will celebrate her 75th birthday and Martin Schulz his 74th. Maybe we’ll be able to ask them about the coalition treaty from 2018 then.”
Find the opinion piece in German here.
Find background in the CLEW articles Germany's coalition negotiators agree treaty, promise coal exit date and Reactions to Germany's coalition agreement, and the factsheet Climate, energy and transport in Germany's coalition agreement.