“Germany’s coal task force can change things for Europe” – opinion
The launch of the coal-exit commission has raised expectations that Germany’s – and by extension, Europe’s – commitment to a low-carbon future could shift from rhetoric to reality, Nick Butler writes in an opinion piece for the Financial Times. However, if the task force fails to present an early phase-out date for coal-fired electricity generation, Chancellor Angela Merkel “will be facing further humiliation” and “Germany will be in no position to tell others in Europe or elsewhere what to do about energy or emissions,” he writes.
Read the opinion piece (behind paywall) in English here.
For background, read the article Hot summer turns up the heat on Germany’s coal commission and the factsheet When will Germany finally ditch coal?