News Digest Item
07 Mar 2018

Chancellery official Horstmann could replace Baake as state secretary for energy

Rheinische Post

The energy policy official of the German Chancellery, Winfried Horstmann, will likely succeed Rainer Baake as state secretary for energy in the economy ministry, the Rheinische Post reports. Horstmann is said to be “a capable civil servant who is unlikely to push a political agenda”, the article says. According to the newspaper, Baake resigned after the regional branch of the conservative CDU party from North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) put pressure on the party to prevent the outspoken critic of coal-fired power production from serving another term under designated economy minister Peter Altmaier.

Read the article in German here.

See the CLEW dossier The next German government and the energy transition for more information.

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