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08 Sep 2017

FDP head: Energy policy a hurdle for coalition with Greens

FOCUS Magazin

Free Democratic Party (FDP) head Christian Lindner sees “high hurdles in energy policy” for a possible government coalition of conservatives (CDU/CSU), Free Democrats and the Green Party after the German general elections, he told FOCUS Magazin in an interview. “Until now, I’ve had trouble imagining a Jamaica alliance [a colloquial term comparing the traditional colours of the CDU/CSU, FDP and Greens to those of Jamaica's black, yellow and green flag],” said Lindner. He criticised some Green Party policy proposals: “Regarding the diesel crisis, they don’t understand that subsidies, quotas and bans make no sense - not only economically, but also ecologically. We need technology neutrality to reach climate targets,” Lindner told FOCUS.

Read an article on the interview in German here.

For background, check out CLEW’s factsheet Colour codes: How energy & climate policy differs in German coalitions.

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