The German Green Party’s new-found readiness to compromise on a coal exit and a ban on combustion engines by 2030 might give the impression that the party is caving in to pressure from its negotiating partners in the Jamaica coalition talks but this view misunderstands strategic considerations by the Green party leadership, Markus Decker writes in an opinion piece for the Frankfurter Rundschau. It was “tactically smart” of the Greens to avoid being the odd one out should the talks with the conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the pro-business FDP fail to form a new government coalition. And, from a climate protection perspective, it is not clinging to election slogans that matters but concrete agreements on coal power, transport policy and agriculture, Decker argues. “If these fail to materialise, the Greens can’t do Jamaica. New elections would be unavoidable”.
Read the opinion piece in German here.
See the CLEW article Greens ready to make climate policy concession in coalition talks for background.