While talks over forming a Jamaica coalition government of CDU, CSU, FDP and Green Party have failed, a coal phase-out compromise between Merkel’s conservatives and the Greens could survive, writes Malte Kreutzfeldt in tageszeitung (taz). Toward the end of the coalition talks, CDU/CSU had agreed to shut down 7 gigawatt coal power capacity in the short term. Outgoing environment minister Barbara Hendricks (Social Democratic Party) said that the acting government could already set up the coal exit commission – as proposed in the Climate Action Plan 2050 for 2018 – writes Kreutzfeldt. CDU environment politician Andreas Jung said that one could not go below 7 gigawatt anymore, “no matter who’s in the future government.”
Read the article in German here.
For background, read the CLEW articles Germany’s aspiring coalition parties disagree over coal exit speed and German coalition talks past 2nd deadline still stalled over climate.