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20 Sep 2017

Interior minister calls for revival of 1989-90 spirit to accomplish Energiewende in East Germany

Leipziger Volkszeitung

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has called for the revival of the “spirit of the generation of 1989-90” to tackle current challenges like the Energiewende or globalisation, Leipziger Volkszeitung reports. At an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of a resolution to restructure East Germany’s coal industry, de Maizière said the “engineer’s spirit” of the days of the peaceful revolution in the German Democratic Republic (DDR) that had brought down the communist regime was needed once again to solve today’s problems. “If plan A wasn’t working, they just switched to plan B”, said de Maizière, describing the pragmatic and goal-oriented attitude at the time.

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See the CLEW factsheet When will Germany final ditch coal? for more information.

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