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16 Jun 2017

CDU-associated Economic Council wants end to grand coalition

Economic Council (CDU Wirtschaftsrat)

Members of the German business association Economic Council, associated with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), want an end to the grand government coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD), and call for a “realignment” of the country’s climate and energy policy. In a survey among the association’s 12,000 members, 72 percent of respondents said they would prefer a coalition with the Free Democrats (FDP), says their press release. Eighty percent say that support for renewables expansion should be gradually phased out, and 69 percent agree that Germany should not have more ambitious CO₂ reduction targets than the EU goal for 2030.

Find the press release in German here.

For background, read the CLEW dossier Vote2017 - German elections and the Energiewende.

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