Coalition talks stuck over climate, energy policy
As expected, Germany’s future energy and climate policy has emerged as the main stumbling block in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to form a government coalition of her conservatives, the Free Democrats, and the Green Party. According to media reports, in their first round of talks dedicated to energy, climate, and environment-related issues, the parties agreed that Germany should continue to aim for meeting the existing national and international climate targets for 2020, 2030, and 2050.
Yet, the four parties disagreed over the exact phrasing, i.e. whether Germany “must” reach the targets, or whether it should merely “try” to do so, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung. The negotiators are scheduled to meet again next week to continue their talks about the climate.
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