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  • 16 Oct 2017 |

    Vote2017- German elections and the Energiewende

    Energy and climate policy in Germany's election 16 Oct 2017 Germans have cast their vote for a new federal parliament. Incurring heavy losses, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance once again prevailed as the country's ...
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  • Jamaica coalition is dead, but coal compromise could survive

    While talks over forming a Jamaica coalition government of CDU, CSU, FDP and Green Party have failed, a coal phase-out compromise between Merkel’s conservatives and the Greens could survive, writes Malte Kreutzfeldt in tageszeitung (taz). Toward the end ...
  • Jamaica parties caught in climate policy quarrel in countdown of exploratory talks

    Germany’s aspiring Jamaica coalition parties still disagree on a range of key policy fields one day before exploratory talks for a new government are scheduled to end, Gregor Waschinski writes for news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP). “There’s a ...
  • Jamaica coalition talks productive before collapse – report

    The parties negotiating a ‘Jamaica coalition’ in Germany had made a lot of progress on energy and climate policy, as well as on several other policy areas, before the pro-market FDP party pulled out of the talks, Cerstin Gammelin and Markus Balser report ...
  • Environmental organisations warn Jamaica coalition parties of “climate policy blackout”

    Environmental organisations have warned Chancellor Angela Merkel and her negotiating partners at the ongoing Jamaica coalition talks for a new German government of risking a “climate policy blackout”. Merkel had to make “a clear commitment” to the ...
  • FDP chief negotiator: Jamaica coalition “more than just emergency solution”

    A German government formed of a so-called Jamaica coalition could be more than just an “emergency solution”, FDP chief negotiator Marco Buschmann said in an interview with Frankfurter Rundschau.  If the parties found a compromise on contested policy ...
  • Five theses for a ‘Jamaica’ energy market

    Consultancy Energy Brainpool has analysed Germany’s aspiring government coalition parties’ manifestos on their energy policy positions. The group derived five major challenges that can serve as a basis for common action. A so-called Jamaica coalition of ...
  • “Red lines for Jamaica

    German industry fears the next government coalition could make “rotten compromises” on energy and climate policy, Klaus Stratmann writes in Handelsblatt. While the Greens are adamant on climate protection and shutting down coal plants, its potential ...
  • Climate and energy negotiations in Jamaica coalition will be “very tough” – opinion

    Negotiations on climate policy in the framework of a possible coalition between the conservative CDU/CSU, the economic liberal Free Democrats (FDP), and the Green Party will be difficult, writes Joachim Wille in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Rundschau. ...
  • “German ‘Jamaica’ coalition spells trouble for coal, cars, and the euro”

    Energy and financial policy in Europe could be substantially affected by a government participation of the Green Party and the economic liberal FDP in the next German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance of CDU/CSU, Ambrose ...
  • Can a Jamaica government tackle climate change?

    As the Greens exert pro-environment pressure on the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the FDP will be pulling Merkel and her party in the other direction in possible coalition talks after the German election, write Gero Rueter and Ruby Russell in an ...
  • “The Greens say yes and no to a ‘Jamaica coalition’”

    In a draft for a call-to-vote, the Green Party writes that it is willing to negotiate with all parties except the AfD after the elections on 24 September, but “distances itself as far as possible from the FDP” (Free Democratic Party), writes Stefan Braun ...
  • Government gridlock- Can Germany still act on climate?

    24 Nov 2017 For the first time in its post-war history, Germany struggles to form a stable government coalition two months after voters cast their ballot in September's elections. The so-called Jamaica coalition talks' collapse plunges the ...
  • 28 Sep 2017 |

    All must compromise in coalition talks, also on climate- Merkel ally

    28 Sep 2017 (All day) A ‘Jamaica’ coalition between the CDU/CSU, the FDP and the Greens is currently the only realistic scenario for a stable government in Germany, and all parties must compromise to prevent “dreadful” new elections, says long-time Merkel ...
  • German Greens confident pro-climate government coalition possible

    09 Oct 2017 (All day) Leading Green politicians in Germany are optimistic an agreement to improve the country’s patchy climate record is possible in likely coalition talks with Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the free-market FDP. Despite major ...
  • 26 Sep 2017 |

    Vote2017: Reactions to German election results

    26 Sep 2017 (All day) Germans have handed Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term in the country’s federal election. Most likely, Merkel will have to start talks with the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party to form a so-called "Jamaica coalition, ...
  • 14 Mar 2018 |

    Coalition watch – The making of a new German government

    14 Mar 2018 The 2017 September election results have led to unprecedented difficulties in forming a new government in Germany. After the longest government building process in modern Germany, Angela Merkel was re-elected as chancellor of a renewed ' ...
  • FDP & Greens search for common ground at first bilateral coalition talks meeting

    The pro-business FDP and the environmentalist Green Party have held their first meeting on forming Germany’s next coalition government together with the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, Markus Decker reports in the Frankfurter Rundschau.  The two smaller ...
  • CDU, CSU, Greens and FDP coalition talks seen only after mid-Oct state election

    Four-way exploratory talks ahead of negotiations for a government coalition of CDU, CSU, FDP and Greens (known as a 'Jamaica' coalition, due to party colours) are likely to start only after the state parliamentary election in Lower Saxony on 15 ...
  • Conservative-Liberal-Green alliance would be “exciting future project in connecting ecology and economy” – CDU politicians

    The option for a so-called Jamaica government coalition of CDU/CSU, Greens and Free Democrats (FDP) should be used if there was a majority for it after the general elections in September, according to CDU parliamentary state secretary in the finance ...
  • “All change”

    “Germany’s new electoral landscape promises upheaval for companies as well as politicians,” Olaf Storbeck writes in a commentary for Reuters Breakingviews. A possible new “Jamaica” coalition government including the conservative Merkel’s conservative CDU ...
  • 20 Nov 2017 |

    Germany reacts to collapse of coalition talks

    20 Nov 2017 (All day) After almost five weeks of deliberations, the pro-business Free Democratic Party has pulled the plug on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to form a coalition government made up of her conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the Greens and ...
  • Merkel’s critics have just got started – opinion

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have begun an internal conflict over immigration policy that points at deeper rifts between Merkel’s CDU and its Bavarian sister party CSU, Ulf Poschardt writes in Die Welt. Merkel has “developed a callousness that ...
  • Greens ready to make climate policy concessions in coalition talks

    07 Nov 2017 (All day) As Germany’s Jamaica coalition talks are approaching a critical point, the Green Party appears to soften core climate policy demands in an attempt to achieve similar concessions from its negotiating partners. Party leaders say that ...
  • “The FDP deserves respect”

    The FDP’s decision to let talks for a ‘Jamaica coalition’ government collapse after four weeks spared Germany a “government rife with contradictions”, Heike Göbel writes in a commentary for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “No labour market flexibility ...
  • 15 Sep 2017 |

    'Parties unlikely to draw energy policy red lines in coalition talks'

    15 Sep 2017 (All day) German voters head to the polls on 24 September to decide the make-up of the federal parliament. The next step, however – forming a government – could take weeks, if not months. Germany’s party landscape has become more fragmented, ...
  • “Green tactics”

    The German Green Party’s new-found readiness to compromise on a coal exit and a ban on combustion engines by 2030 might give the impression that the party is caving in to pressure from its negotiating partners in the Jamaica coalition talks but this view ...
  • Exploratory talks for a government coalition to begin on 18 October

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her conservative CDU/CSU bloc would begin exploratory talks on forming a so-called ‘Jamaica’ coalition on 18 October, reports Reuters. That day, the CDU/CSU would hold separate talks with the Free Democrats (FDP) and ...
  • Next German government needs “realistic plan” for workers and regions if it seeks coal exit – union head

    Should the next German government decide to seek a coal exit, it must also care for the workers' and mining regions’ future, said Michael Vassiliadis, head of Germany’s largest mining trade union IG BCE and one of Germany's most prominent ...
  • FDP head Lindner calls for “reasonable energy policy”

    The Free Democrats’ (FDP) leader, Christian Lindner, has said his party will strive for “a reasonable energy policy” if it is going to be part of Germany’s next government. The economic liberal FDP could become part of a coalition with Chancellor Angela ...
  • Green Party co-leader Özdemir: climate protection a priority in coalition talks

    The German Green Party’s co-leader, Cem Özdemir, has said that climate protection, European integration, and social justice are the topics his party will be most adamant on in a possible coalition with the conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the economic ...
  • 03 Jun 2019 |

    Germany’s SPD demands clear stance on coal exit from conservative partner as coalition wavers

    03 Jun 2019, 13:54 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Government Tagesspiegel The German Social Democrats (SPD) have demanded a clear stance on the country’s envisaged coal exit from their bigger partner in the ...
  • 03 Jun 2019 |

    EU election debacle lets Merkel’s CDU party wrangle over future climate policy approach

    03 Jun 2019, 13:52 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung Germany’s governing CDU party has become embroiled in a high-level dispute over the right ...
  • FDP head: Energy policy a hurdle for coalition with Greens

    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 ...
  • "There will be no more excuses in 2030"-SPD energy politician Westphal

    07 Feb 2018 (All day) Agreeing on climate and energy policy was one of the simpler tasks during Germany's coalition negotiations, says Social Democratic (SPD) energy spokesman Bernd Westphal. However, he concedes that the challenges awaiting the ...
  • 09 Feb 2018 |

    2030 renewables goal "not difficult"-CDU energy politician Pfeiffer

    09 Feb 2018 (All day) The coalition agreement by Germany's would-be coalition parties CDU/CSU and SPD is a step towards "realistic" Energiewende policy, says CDU energy policy spokesperson Joachim Pfeiffer. He argues a coal exit date for ...
  • Coalition talks make short work of "unrealistic" climate targets

    Writing for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jasper von Altenbockum says the prospective government has made unexpectedly short work of climate protection policy. Where the CDU/CSU, FDP and Greens haggled over fossil fuels for weeks, the conservatives and ...
  • Coal exit will lead to billions in compensation payouts - Saxony’s state premier

    Saxony’s parting State Premier, Stanislaw Tillich, has said that over six billion euros in compensation payments were necessary if Germany wanted to phase out lignite-fired power production over the next few years. According to the conservative politician ...
  • UN worries could be tailwind for German Greens in coalition talks

    The United Nation’s warning about a “worrying” gap between climate pledges and emissions cuts needed ahead of the climate conference in Bonn could provide the Green Party with tailwind in the ongoing talks to form a new government coalition, writes ...
  • Parties’ positions on energy and climate “not incompatible” – dena head

    A new Jamaica coalition government of CDU, CSU, FDP and the Greens could “improve the energy transition”, Andreas Kuhlmann, head of the German Energy Agency (dena), told Die Welt in an interview. Kuhlmann said the different demands brought forward by the ...
  • Next federal government must act fast on climate – opinion

    The next German government – possibly a Jamaica coalition of CDU/CSU, FDP and Green Party – must get Germany’s climate policy back on track, writes Holger Dambeck in an opinion piece for Spiegel Online. “Above all, the future government parties must dare ...
  • FDP head Lindner says differences with Greens especially evident in energy policy

    Christian Lindner, the head of German free-market liberal party FDP, has said his party and the German Greens are especially at odds over their approaches to energy policy. In an interview with Austrian newspaper Die Presse, Lindner said the Greens were ...
  • Green and FDP parliamentarians discuss coal exit

    The Greens’ Kerstin Andreae and FDP’s Otto Fricke, both members of the Bundestag, debated the parties’ policy differences and potential stumbling blocks for coalition talks in a joint interview in WirtschaftsWoche. Asked if the Greens’ proposal to ...
  • Mining union calls for Energiewende ministry

    Germany’s largest mining trade union has called on the next federal government to assign the tasks related to energy, transport, and housing policies to a ‘ministry of energy transition’. This would help the country avoid the current “uncoordinated ...
  • Green and FDP leaders sound out potential coalition

    In an interview with German public broadcaster ARD, Green Party head Cem Özdemir and his Free Democratic (FDP) counterpart, Christian Lindner, discussed the possibility of joining a government coalition after the general election. Lindner said he ...
  • “Merkel’s new power options”

    The CDU’s forging of new state government coalitions in Schleswig-Holstein (CDU, Green Party, FDP) and North Rhine-Westphalia (CDU, FDP) opens up options for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in the September federal elections, writes Daniel ...
  • Plenty of stumbling blocks in coalition talks of conservatives, greens, liberals

    German chancellor Angela Merkel will face plenty of stumbling blocks if she sets out to forge a coalition of her conservative CDU/CSU block with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and The Greens, media commentators point out on the day after federal ...
  • Germany’s negotiating parties look at CO2 taxation in non-ETS areas

    SPD energy spokesperson Bernd Westphal said the parties in talks to form Germany's next government- the Social Democrats (SPD) and Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU bloc- will come up with some form of taxation of greenhouse gases in sectors ...
  • Green Party parliamentary group leader “still ready for talks” on government participation

    The Green Party is “still ready for talks” on becoming part of a possible government coalition in Germany, the party’s parliamentary group co-leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt has said in an interview with Welt Online. She said that her party would be ready ...
  • Mining union says “ideological war” in energy policy threatens jobs & supply security

    An “ideological war” in Germany’s energy policy puts thousands of jobs and the country’s energy supply security at stake, the mining union IG BCE says in a press release. Speaking at a rally held near the Niederaußem coal-fired power plant in the western ...
  • Mining labour union calls for “reasonable” energy policy of possible grand coalition

    Germany’s mining labour union IG BCE has called on the parties of the so-called grand coalition to pursue a “reasonable” energy and climate policy, news agency dpa reports. IG BCE head Michael Vassiliadis said “more realism” and a “modernisation boost” ...
  • German industry warns of deadlock after coalition talks collapse

    The breakdown of Germany’s ‘Jamaica coalition’ talks after the pro-business FDP dropped out after four weeks of negotiations has alarmed representatives of the country’s leading industries, Roland Pichler and Kerstin Ruchay write in the Suttgarter ...
  • “Liberal facts”

    The pro-business party FDP stands out at the ongoing Jamaica coalition talks for Germany’s next federal government with its “astonishing claims on climate and energy”, Malte Kreutzfeldt writes in left-wing newspaper Die Tageszeitung (taz). Remarks by FDP ...
  • “Carry on? Then a climate catastrophe is just around the corner”

    Each and every party involved in Germany’s ‘Jamaica coalition’ talks to form a new federal government should have an interest in securing “a quick and orderly coal exit”, as the alternatives “are way too risky”, Anna Pegels and Jonas Keil from the German ...
  • German coal mining could end by 2030s - CDU chief energy policy negotiator

    The chief energy policy negotiator of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU in the ongoing ‘Jamaica coalition’ talks, North Rhine-Westphalia’s (NRW) State Premier Armin Laschet, said that Germany could give up coal-fired power production by ...
  • Heated debate over energy policy in coalition talks

    Differing views on Germany’s future energy system are emerging as a major source of contention between the parties attempting to establish a new German federal government, Andreas Mihm writes for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The Greens want Germany ...
  • Coal exit would damage German economy, pro-business party FDP warns

    A quick phase-out of coal-fired power production would pose a threat to Germany’s economy, the head of the pro-business party FDP, Christian Lindner, has said in an interview with national broadcaster ZDF, Montel News writes in an article. Closing coal ...
  • Germany will reach its 2030 climate targets if it gets to work now, and will use coal for many years – economy minister

    Germany’s new economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier said that the country will reach its 2030 climate targets if it starts to work towards them without delay. Addressing a joint press conference with North Rhine-Westphalia’s (NRW) state premier Armin ...
  • Combustion engine ban splitting point in German transport policy talks

    After an expected clash over climate and energy policy last week, Germany’s aspiring coalition partners of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the pro-business FDP and the environmentalist Green Party also failed to find a first official agreement on ...
  • Budget and taxes: Conservatives, FDP and Greens agree on “common working basis” for coalition talks, including possibility of cutting climate-harmful subsidies

    In a second round of coalition talks, representatives from CDU, CSU, FDP and the Green Party agreed on “a common working basis” in the areas of budget, finances and taxes, Green leader Cem Özdemir said in a video message after the meeting. A paper ...
  • NRW’s state premier to represent CDU on climate & energy in coalition talks

    The Prime Minister of Germany’s most populous federal state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Armin Laschet, will represent Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party in the areas of climate, energy, and transport in the ‘Jamaica coalition’ talks, the ...
  • Next German government must break “vicious cycle” of energy prices

    The four parties that currently negotiate whether to form Germany’s next coalition government must adopt a programme designed to break the “vicious cycle” of energy prices, Michael Bauchmüller writes in an op-ed for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. A drop in ...
  • Reconciling economic and environment policy core question in coalition talks - chancellery chief

    Coalition talks between CDU, CSU, FDP and Green Party will be about the parties’ ability “to make something constructive of the differences”, said chancellery chief and Christian Democrat Peter Altmaier in an interview with German public broadcaster ARD ...
  • Mining trade union head warns of sacrificing coal to save diesel engines

    The incoming German government must not agree to phase out coal-fired power production in exchange for concessions to diesel cars, Michael Vassiliadis, head of Germany’s largest mining trade union,  IG BCE, said in an interview with the General-Anzeiger ...
  • Fresh Green upset in Hesse state election may derail Merkel government

    26 Oct 2018, 10:47 As Germany’s federal government parties, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU camp and the Social Democrats (SPD), suffer from voter flight due to the coalition’s constant quarrels, the Green Party emerges as one of the big ...
  • SPD leaders agree to first talks with Merkel’s CDU

    The leaders of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) have agreed to enter into talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU / CSU alliance, the SPD 's executive committee says in a draft resolution seen by the Clean Energy Wire. The ...
  • Conservatives, Greens and liberals to form government coalition in Schleswig-Holstein

    The leadership of the Christian Democrats (CDU), the Green Party and the Free Democrats (FDP) in Schleswig-Holstein have agreed on forming a government, said CDU frontrunner Daniel Günther in a press conference. The agreement “shows how ecology can be ...
  • German party leaders agree energy policy blueprint for coalition talks

    12 Jan 2018 (All day) The parties currently in talks to form Germany’s next government have agreed to speed up the roll-out of renewable energies and start the phase-out of coal-fired power generation. Contrary to a draft leaked earlier this week, the ...
  • German coalition talks past 2nd deadline still stalled over climate

    19 Nov 2017 Germany's aspiring coalition partners continued talks past a second deadline on Sunday, 19. November, after having made little headway in key climate and energy issues in exploratory talks that had already gone past the first self-imposed ...
  • Preview2018- Cutting power costs tops German industry's agenda- DIHK

    04 Jan 2018 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Germany should cut coal power production by at least 5GW

    Germany can still reach its 2020 emissions reduction targets if it shuts down or throttles coal plants with a capacity of at least 5 gigawatt (GW), the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) says in a press release. The UBA says that “in the short run”, coal ...
  • Green Party ready to compromise on coal exit timing, cars

    The German Greens have signalled their readiness to make concessions on core policy demands in the field of climate protection for the sake of advancing the stagnant coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the pro ...
  • SPD leader says Germany must exit coal, but not at expense of workers

    07 Dec 2017 (All day) A coal exit is inevitable to reach Germany’s climate targets, but the shift must not come at the expense of workers, according to SPD head Martin Schulz. In an address to a party convention in which delegates voted for holding ...
  • Merkel: Exploratory talks to form coalition will last several weeks

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel told journalists that she expects talks to discuss the possibilities for a new government coalition to last several weeks before actual negotiations begin, news agency Reuters reports. The lengthy talks were down to the ...
  • CDU & Greens' energy politicians clash over Germany's coal exit speed

    10 Oct 2017 One week before the start of exploratory talks on forming a government coalition, aspiring German government alliance partners CDU and the Green Party agree that the country will have to phase out coal-fired power production. Yet, two of the ...
  • Speed and shape of coal exit issue of contention between Greens and CDU

    The approach to phasing out coal-fired power production in Germany has become a bone of contention between the prospective coalition partners, the conservative CDU and the environmentalist Green Party, as remarks made by both parties’ energy politicians ...
  • RWE share price falls in light of potential Green government participation

    The prospect of a new government coalition in Germany that would include the Green Party resulted in a drop in utility RWE’s share price of more than five percent on Monday, making the energy company that operates many coal-fired power plants the biggest ...
  • Govt energy transition commission calls for CO2 price, mobility action

    01 Nov 2017 (All day) Germany is likely to miss several of its energy transition goals by 2020, including greenhouse gas and energy consumption reduction, writes an expert commission tasked with monitoring the progress of the German Energiewende in a ...
  • German coalition talks stuck over climate, energy policy

    27 Oct 2017 (All day) Germany’s future energy and climate policy has proven the expected difficult issue in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to form a government coalition of her conservatives, the Free Democrats, and the Green Party. According to media ...
  • Vote in No.1 wind power state stalls Germany’s coalition talks

    09 Oct 2017 As Germany digests the result of this year’s federal election, the country prepares for yet another important vote, this time in the state of Lower Saxony. The early election in the country’s number one wind power state is seen as vital marker ...
  • 25 Sep 2017 |

    Vote2017: Politicians' comments on German election results

    25 Sep 2017 (All day) Germans have handed Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term in the country’s federal election. Most likely, Merkel will have to start talks with the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party to form a so-called "Jamaica coalition, ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    German conservatives elect Merkel-confidante as new party leader

    07 Dec 2018, 19:29 Germany's conservative Christian Democrats elected general secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel at the helm of the party. The election of Merkel's close ally and former premier in the ...
  • Merkel: 2020 climate target plays big role in upcoming coalition talks

    12 Oct 2017 (All day) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she does not give up the government’s goal to reduce CO₂ emissions by 40 percent by 2020, which would “play a big role” in the upcoming talks to form a new government coalition. Germany’s broad ...
  • Weakened Merkel set to seek coalition talks with Greens, FDP

    24 Sep 2017 Despite heavy losses in Germany's parliamentary elections, Angela Merkel is poised to stay chancellor for another four years. The voters’ decision sets her conservative CDU/CSU party alliance on course for coalition talks with the Green ...
  • 15 Sep 2017 |

    Ignore 'red line' campaign talk on energy and climate – analyst

    15 Sep 2017 (All day) The scope of the next government's ambition for the Energiewende depends on the constellation of its coalition, says Arne Jungjohann, energy policy analyst and Green Party member, although the shift to a renewables-based economy ...
  • Wrangling over German coal exit talks reveals difficult task ahead

    30 May 2018 Germany struggles to get its highly anticipated coal exit task force on track. The government on Wednesday postponed at the last minute the official launch of the phase-out commission for the third time. The quarrels over the commission’s ...
  • Germany's coalition negotiators agree treaty, promise coal exit date

    08 Feb 2018 Germany's would-be governing coalition partners have concluded a treaty that is likely to result in a final deadline for coal-fired power production in Germany. The agreement reached after weeks of intensive talks largely confirms the ...
  • 23 Jun 2017 |

    Leaders of Greens, FDP lock horns over energy policy as elections loom

    23 Jun 2017 The leading candidates of the two smaller yet influential German political parties sparred at a utilities conference in Berlin over major energy policy issues, such as the exit from coal-fired power generation and a national versus a European ...
  • German coalition negotiators want to postpone 2020 climate goal

    08 Jan 2018 The negotiation partners in Germany's ongoing coalition talks have agreed to postpone the country's 2020 emissions reduction target until "the early 2020s". Party negotiators also agreed on introducing a climate protection ...
  • Combustion engine ban splitting point in coalition talks on transport

    02 Nov 2017 After an expected clash over climate and energy policy last week, Germany’s aspiring coalition partners of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the pro-business FDP and the environmentalist Green Party also failed to agree on transport policy, ...
  • 20 Nov 2017 |

    German coalition talks collapse despite progress on climate and energy

    20 Nov 2017 After almost five weeks of deliberations, the pro-business Free Democratic Party has pulled the plug on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to form a coalition government made up of her conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the Greens and the FDP. ...
  • Germany’s aspiring coalition parties disagree over coal exit speed

    15 Nov 2017 The German coalition talks on climate and energy policy stumble over a dispute over the reduction of coal fired power production. Just days before exploratory talks are scheduled to finish, the Green Party and its negotiating partners from ...
  • Auctions bring German solar power price to new record low

    16 Oct 2017 The average price of new solar power installations in Germany has fallen below five cents per kilowatt hour for the first time ever. Since the introduction of auctions in 2015, prices for the technology have declined by more than 40 percent, ...
  • Preview2018- Next German government faces urgent coal choice

    22 Dec 2017 After a year filled with events that put Germany’s climate policy in the limelight, such as the G20 summit in Hamburg, the COP23 in Bonn, or the debate over coal in the ill-fated ‘Jamaica coalition’ talks, the country’s political life gets off ...
  • 18 Sep 2017 |

    German election to define speed and shape of energy transition

    18 Sep 2017 With Germans about to cast their votes in the federal election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is virtually certain to retain power. But the make-up of the next coalition will be key to how the new government tackles a host of energy and climate ...
  • 15 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 10: Merkel disappoints hopes for clear words on coal

    15 Nov 2017 German Chancellor calls on world to walk the talk, fails to deliver strong statement on German coal / Representatives from science, climate and environmental NGOs, and vulnerable small island states appealed to Merkel to meet the country’s ...
  • Climate & energy stumbling blocks for Jamaica-coalition talks

    27 Sep 2017 Germany might be headed towards a new chapter in its political history with a governing coalition of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the economic liberal FDP, and the environmentalist Green Party looming as a real prospect for the first ...
  • Colour codes: How energy & climate policy differs in German coalitions

    04 Sep 2017 The next German government is almost certain to be a coalition of two or more parties. That means the country’s energy and climate policy will be a compromise between different party priorities. Energy and climate issues on a national level ...
  • 09 Oct 2017 |

    The long road to a new government coalition in Germany

    09 Oct 2017 (All day) Officially, the new German government is formed after the new federal parliament decides on a chancellor, but the laborious process starts much sooner. German voters expect a period of coalition talks and negotiations to follow an ...
  • Germany’s coal exit commission

    13 Dec 2018, 12:20 Germany has launched a highly anticipated task force on phasing out coal power, the most prominent blemish on the former climate action pioneer country’s emissions reduction record. The coal exit commission is supposed to find economic ...
  • 20 Sep 2017 |

    Campaign quotes: Greens and Free Democrats on Energiewende issues

    20 Sep 2017 (All day) The Free Democrats (FDP) want a more market-led Energiewende and abolish "dreadful subsidies" to renewables, while the Green Party favours a CO2 tax and the phase-out of conventional cars. In the run-up to the federal ...
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