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  • 23 Nov 2020 |

    Vote21- German elections set the scene for key decade of energy transition

    Climate and COVID define campaigns as Merkel's era comes to an end 23 Nov 2020, 12:00 In autumn 2021, Germany will head to the ballots to elect a new federal parliament. Since the previous election on 24 September 2017, climate and energy have ...
  • Political uncertainty weighs heavily on energy policy crunch time year for Germany

    CLEW Preview 2019 11 Jan 2019, 10:30 Germany will finally have to make up its mind in this year which exact path to take towards a climate-friendly economy. Pending long-term decisions on a coal exit, sustainable mobility and heating as well as a Climate ...
  • Preview2018- Outlook for Germany's Energiewende

    Climate targets, coal & renewables funding set to top Germany's Energiewende agenda 09 Jan 2018 Germany's 2020 climate targets are Germany's first major Energiewende policy issue in 2018- even before a new government has been found. In ...
  • Preview2017- Outlook for Germany's Energiewende

    German climate lead in G20 expected as elections to set tone domestically 20 Jan 2017 A string of regional elections as well as federal elections will dominate German policy in 2017. In this dossier, the Clean Energy Wire and a number of energy and ...
  • 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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  • 22 Feb 2021 |

    Climate plays important role in upcoming German state elections

    22 Feb 2021, 12:25 Charlotte Nijhuis Elections & Politics Tagesspiegel Background Climate policy plays an important role in the upcoming German state elections in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate on 14 March, Tagesspiegel Background writes. ...
  • 17 Feb 2021 |

    Young German conservative politicians want to improve partys climate image

    17 Feb 2021, 13:26 Charlotte Nijhuis Clean Energy Wire CLEW Elections & Politics Tagesspiegel Online Young politicians in chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) want to improve the party's image as a driver of climate action, ...
  • 11 Feb 2021 |

    Germany needs higher CO2 price and new climate adaptation strategy CSU leader

    11 Feb 2021, 13:31 Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Charlotte Nijhuis Elections & Politics Die Zeit Germany needs more consistent and ambitious climate policies, including a higher ...
  • 09 Feb 2021 |

    German Left Party puts climate and fair transition at heart of election programme

    09 Feb 2021, 13:31 Expert Left Party Die Linke Renewable Energy Act | EEG 2014 Policy Charlotte Nijhuis Elections & Politics ZEIT online The German Left Party (Die Linke) puts climate protection at the heart of its federal election campaign, Katharina ...
  • 08 Feb 2021 |

    German Social Democrats put sustainability at heart of election campaign

    08 Feb 2021, 13:27 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands Renewable Energy Act | EEG 2014 Policy Charlotte Nijhuis Elections & Politics ZEIT online / Tagesspiegel The German Social Democrats (SPD) want to put ...
  • 04 Feb 2021 |

    Climate 'greatest challenge' for next German government, says CSU leader as he courts Green Party

    04 Feb 2021, 13:06 Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Die Welt Bavaria's state premier Markus Söder has said that global warming will be the central challenge for whoever forms a government in Germany after Septembers general elections, ...
  • Demanding climate justice is our unique selling point Left Party MP Beutin

    25 Jan 2021, 10:48 Germany is facing a packed election year in 2021 with votes in six of the countrys 16 states and federal parliamentary elections in September. Although somewhat sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic, campaigning and positioning of parties ...
  • German and EU politicians welcome U.S. return to global climate action

    21 Jan 2021, 14:14 Government officials from the European Union and Germany have welcomed the inauguration of U.S. president Joe Biden as the start of a new phase of transatlantic cooperation and an opportunity to tackle global challenges such as climate ...
  • 21 Jan 2021 |

    Those who only want to achieve climate action through a price on carbon will fail SPDs Miersch

    21 Jan 2021, 11:30 Germany is going into a major election year in 2021 with votes in six of the countrys 16 states and the federal parliamentary elections in September. Although somewhat sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic, campaigning and positioning of ...
  • 19 Jan 2021 |

    Germany already 'on track' to meet its climate targets CDU energy expert

    19 Jan 2021, 09:30 Germany is going into a major election year in 2021 with votes in six of the countrys 16 federal states and the federal parliamentary elections in September. Although somewhat sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic, campaigning and ...
  • 18 Jan 2021 |

    New CDU leader brings continuity with Merkel era but comes with stained climate reputation

    18 Jan 2021, 13:57 Armin Laschet has been elected the new leader of Germany's largest party, the Christian Democrats (CDU), clearing a major hurdle on what could be his way to becoming next German Chancellor. The premier of Germany's largest ...
  • Germany will need much more renewable power than govt assumes- Greens' Nestle

    13 Jan 2021, 11:41 Germany is going into a major election year in 2021 with votes in six of the countrys 16 states and the federal parliamentary elections in autumn. Although somewhat sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic, campaigning and positioning of ...
  • Left Party leaders bet on fair and climate-friendly recovery in campaign year kick-off

    11 Jan 2021, 13:53 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / Der Spiegel The leaders of the Left Party have called for a socially fair and climate-friendly coronavirus recovery as the centrepiece of the German ...
  • 11 Jan 2021 |

    We should be honest about need for blue hydrogen and CCS FDP's Lukas Köhler

    11 Jan 2021, 12:51 Germany is going into a major election year in 2021 with votes in six of the countrys 16 states and the federal parliamentary elections in autumn. Although somewhat sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic, campaigning and positioning of ...
  • Bavaria's CSU calls for doubling down on climate action despite pandemic

    08 Jan 2021, 12:41 Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Charlotte Nijhuis Green stimulus Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / Focus Online The CSU Bavarian sister party to ...
  • 11 Jan 2021 |

    German conservatives pick leader set to shape handling of Merkel's climate legacy

    11 Jan 2021, 13:32 Three men compete to take the lead of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Germany's largest party, and to possibly follow in the footsteps of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who leaves office after 16 years in September amid a global ...
  • Preview 2021 A strong Green Party is the only realistic option to tackle climate issues in Germany

    18 Dec 2020, 12:15 In the upcoming election year, the 20-year-old climate activist for Fridays for Future (FfF) Jakob Blasel will run for German parliament on a Green Party ticket. Blasel told Clean Energy Wire his decision was based on the need to close ...
  • Preview 2021: 'Industry fears pandemic widens gap in global climate ambitions'

    16 Dec 2020, 10:18 The European Green Deal will move from words to action in 2021 and trigger a "tremendous wave of reforms" that are of key concern to German industry, says Carsten Rolle, who heads the climate and energy division at the ...
  • Preview 2021 We have to radicalise all parties to adopt more ambitious climate plans

    15 Dec 2020, 14:02 The coronavirus pandemic has stifled the possibility of staging mass protests on the streets. Young climate activists from Fridays for Future (FfF) therefore have had to devise new ways to get their message across. In the run-up to ...
  • 14 Dec 2020 |

    Most Germans say climate policy could be decisive issue in 2021 elections survey

    14 Dec 2020, 14:09 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire Climate policy could be a decisive ...
  • Preview 2021: German CO2 price can only be a start of energy taxes reform

    10 Dec 2020, 11:02 With the EU presenting its Green Deal implementation packages next summer, Germanys autumn election will be a climate election, says Christoph Bals, Policy Director at NGO Germanwatch. He has a long list of changes that the new ...
  • 09 Dec 2020 |

    All German parties should make climate 'central pillar' of election programmes govt advisors

    09 Dec 2020, 15:21 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire German government advisors have launched an urgent call on the country's political parties to make climate action a central topic in their programmes ...
  • Preview 2021 Elections will dominate climate debate in Germany

    07 Dec 2020, 09:46 Germans should not expect a lot of climate policy decisions next year, as the debates will be firmly in the grip of the national and state election campaigns, says Brigitte Knopf, secretary general of the Mercator Research Institute on ...
  • Preview 2021 'Hydrogen in transport will be a major topic'

    04 Dec 2020, 10:43 The use of hydrogen in transport, climate-damaging subsidies and new motorway constructions will be among the most important clean mobility topics in the run up to Germany's general elections in 2021, says Jens Hilgenberg, who ...
  • 02 Dec 2020 |

    Disgruntled Green Party members in Hesse consider joining new 'Climate list' party

    02 Dec 2020, 13:40 Kerstine Appunn Elections & Politics Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Members of the regional Green Party in central German state Hesse have said they might leave the party and join a new climate list due to the regional party ...
  • 30 Nov 2020 |

    Bavaria's state premier says Conservative-Green coalition is many Germans' favoured option

    30 Nov 2020, 14:34 Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Die Welt Markus Söder, Bavaria's state premier and head of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU, has said that climate policy will ...
  • German Greens vow to speed up low-carbon transition

    23 Nov 2020, 14:00 Germany's Greens have backed a more ambitious climate target in a bid to defuse growing tensions with more radical activists. At a virtual convention designed to showcase the party's ability to govern Europe's largest ...
  • German Greens call on climate activists for unity in election goals

    20 Nov 2020, 13:20 Leading members of Germany's Green Party have called on climate activists to cooperate in the country's general elections next year. They warn that more radical climate platforms competing in elections could harm the fight ...
  • Highway protest camp removal deepens rift between German Greens and climate activists

    13 Nov 2020, 15:02 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Elections & Politics HR / Der Spiegel The dispersal of a protest camp against the construction of a highway in the central German state of Hesse by the police is exposing a deepening rift between climate ...
  • EU should take lead in climate cooperation with the US- political analyst

    13 Nov 2020, 15:15 The election of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States is raising hopes that the US can be a partner again in international efforts to combat climate change. The US backed away from many climate commitments during the ...
  • Germany, Europe await US vote for clues on global climate drive

    03 Nov 2020, 15:03 Governments in Germany and elsewhere in Europe are wary of the impact the US election could have on international climate action cooperation. While a win by incumbent President Donald Trump would likely exacerbate existing disputes on ...
  • 19 Oct 2020 |

    Leadership candidates of Germany's CDU all call for rigorous climate action

    19 Oct 2020, 12:56 The three candidates for future leadership of Germanys conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, have all called for rigorous efforts to protect the climate at a debate organised by the partys ...
  • 16 Oct 2020 |

    German Greens plan clear focus on e-mobility to lower transport emissions

    16 Oct 2020, 13:36 Sören Amelang Cars Elections & Politics Handelsblatt The German Greens propose a transport policy with a clear focus on electric mobility that restricts the use of hydrogen on the road to heavy-duty trucks, reports Daniel Delhaes in ...
  • No more Autobahn: Germany's Greens call for halt of new highway construction

    05 Oct 2020, 13:57 Sören Amelang Mobility Cars Elections & Politics Süddeutsche Zeitung / Guardian One year before Germany's general election, the country's Green Party is calling for a radical rethink of transport policy by putting a ...
  • 01 Oct 2020 |

    Activists aim to unite small parties under one climate roof to gain seats in next German parliament

    01 Oct 2020, 13:42 Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics Die Welt Climate activists want to get small and niche parties in Germany to unite as one political party to overcome the five percent threshold to gain seats in parliament after the 2021 ...
  • 28 Sep 2020 |

    Green party wins several big city mayor posts in Germanys most populous state

    28 Sep 2020, 13:42 The Green party crowned a recent surge in local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germanys most populous federal state, with wins in mayoral run-offs in several big cities, including Bonn, the seat of the UNs climate body, the ...
  • Fridays for Future movement gears up for German election year with protest

    25 Sep 2020, 14:04 With numerous protests across Germany, the Fridays for Future youth movement has taken aim at pushing climate action to the very top of the political agenda in the run-up to the country's general elections next year. The activists ...
  • 17 Feb 2021 |

    Tracking climate and energy in Germany's election year

    17 Feb 2021, 14:00 Germany is set to vote for a new government on 26 September. After 16 years at the helm of Europe's largest economy, Chancellor Angela Merkel will make room for a successor who will shape the country's energy and climate ...
  • 17 Sep 2020 |

    Germany's right-wing AfD calls for end to all climate action efforts

    17 Sep 2020, 13:16 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire The right-wing nationalist AfD party has called for an end to all major climate action efforts Germany has committed itself to and wants to  abandon ...
  • Econ min's historic climate consensus ideas met with surprise and suspicion in Germany

    14 Sep 2020, 13:52 Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire The proposal for a " historic consensus " in German society on the need for climate action and the goal of greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050 by economy ...
  • 14 Sep 2020 |

    CDU wins local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia as Greens surge on climate concerns

    14 Sep 2020, 13:49 Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics WDR The conservative CDU has emerged as the strongest party in municipal elections in Germany's most populous federal state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), public broadcaster WDR  reports. ...
  • German economy minister calls for 'historic' consensus on climate neutrality

    11 Sep 2020, 14:36 One year before Germany's next general election, economy minister Peter Altmaier calls for a "historic consensus" between all democratic parties, businesses and civil society to ensure that climate action and the ...
  • 11 Sep 2020 |

    German Greens hope for early 2021 boost in municipal state elections

    11 Sep 2020, 14:29 Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics WDR The Green Party is hoping to make huge gains in the upcoming municipal elections on 13 September in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany's most populous federal state, Tobias Zacher ...
  • Germanys CO2 pricing part of 'irreversible' path SPD chancellor candidate Scholz

    07 Sep 2020, 14:27 Kerstine Appunn Cost & Prices Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire Germanys achievements in the field of climate and energy policy mustnt mean that the country becomes complacent now, Olaf Scholz, finance minister and the ...
  • 04 Sep 2020 |

    Germany faces packed election year as voters weigh climate against pandemic recovery

    04 Sep 2020, 15:15 The era of Chancellor Angela Merkel will come to an end when Germans head to the polls next autumn after what looks set to become an unusually dramatic run-up to the federal elections. With no clear front-runner for her succession in ...
  • Must accelerate climate action over coming years Germanys Merkel

    28 Aug 2020, 13:21 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire Germany has made decisive steps in regards to the climate challenge in past years, but efforts have to increase, Chancellor Angela Merkel told journalists ...
  • Splits as Fridays for Future activists run for parliament

    25 Aug 2020, 13:29 David Reay Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics taz/ Süddeutsche Zeitung Several members of Fridays for Future (FfF) Germany have declared their intention to run for federal parliament, exposing divisions within the non-partisan ...
  • Chancellor candidate Scholz says rapid transformation towards sustainability is key election topic

    11 Aug 2020, 12:22 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands Renewable Energy Act | EEG 2014 Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Hydrogen Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire The German Social Democrats (SPD) will make the ...
  • SPD nomination of finance minister Scholz as chancellor candidate kicks off Germany's election year

    10 Aug 2020, 14:15 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands Renewable Energy Act | EEG 2014 Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) have ...
  • Green Party pushes for more trees and plants in Germany's inner cities

    03 Aug 2020, 13:17 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen Renewable Energy Act | EEG 2014 Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Cities Elections & Politics Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland The Green Party has called for an investment programme worth 800 million ...
  • Merkel must use Council presidency to help make EU future-proof opinion

    09 Jul 2020, 13:26 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics tageszeitung (taz) Chancellor Angela Merkel must now walk the walk when it comes to making sure climate action tops the German EU Council presidency agenda and ensuring that ...
  • Opposition FDP politician calls for delaying CO2 price due to coronavirus

    19 Mar 2020, 13:11 Sören Amelang Policy Elections & Politics dpa The economic crisis caused in Germany by the coronavirus has led to first calls to postpone the country's CO2 price for heating and transport, which is scheduled to enter into force ...
  • 04 Mar 2020 |

    Austria looks to Bavaria as model for solar-powered Energiewende

    04 Mar 2020, 13:46 Rachel Waldholz Elections & Politics Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Austrias new government has set ambitious climate targets that will require massive new investments in renewable energy and it is looking to Germany, and ...
  • Fridays for Future strikes have expanded far beyond just students- study

    27 Feb 2020, 14:15 Rachel Waldholz Society Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / Der Spiegel Germanys Fridays for Future climate strikes expanded over the course of 2019 as older protesters joined what began as a younger and majority female- ...
  • Greens surge into second place in Hamburg, climate a key issue for voters

    24 Feb 2020, 13:59 Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Euractiv / Tagesschau / Watson The Green Party surged into second place in the Hamburg regional elections this weekend, doubling its share of the vote after a campaign in which ...
  • Hamburg mayor proposes conversion of coal plant into green hydrogen production site

    21 Feb 2020, 14:02 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Hydrogen Elections & Politics Hamburger Abendblatt The mayor of Hamburg, Peter Tschentscher, has proposed shutting down the city's coal plant Moorburg "many years" earlier than the current end ...
  • 20 Feb 2020 |

    Greens and environmental groups say Tesla factory near Berlin should go ahead

    20 Feb 2020, 14:00 Rachel Waldholz Cars Elections & Politics Handelsblatt / Clean Energy Wire Representatives from the German Green Party and major German environmental organizations have called for work to continue at Teslas proposed e-car factory ...
  • 21 Feb 2020 |

    Greta Thunberg visit raises profile of Hamburg 'climate election'

    21 Feb 2020, 13:25 Greta Thunberg will travel to Hamburg to participate in the student climate protests preceding local elections in the maritime city on 23 February, according to media reports. The Swedish activist's presence at the "Hamburg ...
  • 10 Feb 2020 |

    Merkel confidante decision to quit as CDU leader reopens dispute over party's direction

    10 Feb 2020, 14:42 Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire German chancellor Angela Merkels anointed successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has announced she will step down as conservative party (CDU) head at the end of 2020 and not run ...
  • 06 Feb 2020 |

    Thuringias planned leftist state govt coalition unexpectedly defeated with far-right backing

    06 Feb 2020, 14:10 Thomas Kemmerich of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) has been elected state premier by the Thuringia state parliament with support of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), in what many politicians see as breaking a taboo. ...
  • 04 Feb 2020 |

    Planned leftist state minority govt promises Green New Deal for Thuringia

    04 Feb 2020, 13:45 Freja Eriksen Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / MDR Thüringen [UPDATE note: In a surprise result, Thuringias parliament on 5 February 2020 elected Thomas Kemmerich from the business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP) as ...
  • 06 Jan 2020 |

    Media sees Austrias Conservative-Green coalition as role model for Germany

    06 Jan 2020, 14:22 Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire Austrias new government coalition of designated conservative chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Green Party could serve as a role model for Germany, say several commentaries in ...
  • Without innovation leaps, Germany will fail on climate action conservative German MP

    16 Dec 2019, 10:24 Germany will miss its climate targets without leaps in technological innovation, even taking into account the recently agreed climate package, says Georg Nüßlein, deputy parliamentary group head of chancellor Angela Merkels ...
  • New SPD leaders call for 'massive investments' in new energy system, say climate package needs revamp

    06 Dec 2019, 14:56 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands Renewable Energy Act | EEG 2014 Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire The new leaders of Germany's Social ...
  • 04 Dec 2019 |

    New SPD leadership seen as backtracking from campaign climate demands

    04 Dec 2019, 13:45 Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Tagesspiegel Background The draft of a main motion by the new Social Democratic Party (SPD) leadership duo does not include key climate policy campaign demands of  the recently elected party ...
  • New SPD leaders put German governments future in doubt with climate demands

    02 Dec 2019, 13:45 The members of Germanys Social Democratic Party (SPD) have unexpectedly voted for a more left-leaning leadership, casting doubt on the future of the coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance. The ...
  • 18 Nov 2019 |

    Green Party dares too little for fear of losing poll tailwind opinion

    18 Nov 2019, 13:29 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen Renewable Energy Act | EEG 2014 Policy Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics Deutschlandfunk Germany's opposition Green Party has dared too little in their decisions at the party's ...
  • Energy and climate observers dont share German governments positive mid-term review

    06 Nov 2019, 14:38 Industry experts, researchers and lobbyists give the German government mediocre mid-term marks for its climate and energy efforts- while Chancellor Angela Merkels coalition has presented a largely positive self-evaluation. In what ...
  • 28 Oct 2019 |

    Merkel's coalition parties take another beating in Thuringia state election

    28 Oct 2019, 13:41 Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / ARD The parties of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government coalition, the conservative CDU and the Social Democrats (SPD), have lost heavily in the elections in ...
  • 17 Oct 2019 |

    No new lignite mines in Brandenburg, parties agree in state govt coalition talks

    17 Oct 2019, 13:31 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen Renewable Energy Act | EEG 2014 Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party ...
  • Germany's right-wing populist AfD says climate action criticism to be major campaign issue

    30 Sep 2019, 13:39 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Welt am Sonntag Germanys right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) has made its critique of policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to protect the global climate a ...
  • 20 Sep 2019 |

    Greens in coalition talks in eastern German states following recent elections

    20 Sep 2019, 12:58 Edgar Meza Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / Spiegel Online / Süddeutsche Zeitung Elections in the eastern German states of Brandenburg and Saxony left established parties severely weakened and have resulted in coalition ...
  • Climate protection at the heart of von der Leyen's new European Commission media

    11 Sep 2019, 13:58 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Euractiv / Tagesspiegel Background A commitment to making Europe "the worlds first climate-neutral continent" will be "at the heart" of President-elect Ursula ...
  • Climate and digitalisation Germany's key challenges of the future- Merkel

    11 Sep 2019, 13:45 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said protecting the climate and digitalisation are the two key challenges that Germany faces in the future. Her comments ...
  • Bavarian CSU presents climate plan ahead of crucial 20 September govt meeting

    09 Sep 2019, 13:36 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Elections & Politics The Bavarian conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU has agreed on what it calls a &quot ...
  • Social Democrats' climate plans show large overlap with Conservatives

    05 Sep 2019, 12:30 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Expert SPD- Social Democratic ...
  • German conservatives flesh out climate action plans ahead of decisive cabinet meeting

    03 Sep 2019, 17:45 Following key regional elections in eastern German Saxony and Brandenburg, the conservative parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's grand coalition the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) have ...
  • Big coup in climate policy needed to continue German coalition SPD Vice Chancellor Scholz

    03 Sep 2019, 13:41 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Spiegel Online / Clean Energy Wire Germany's Vice Chancellor, finance minister and top candidate to become leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Olaf Scholz, has ...
  • Far-right AfD soars in east German state elections, scoops up votes in coal regions

    02 Sep 2019, 13:15 The elections in Germany's eastern federal states Saxony and Brandenburg have dealt a blow to the country's governing parties, CDU and SPD, and brought huge gains for the far-right AfD. Even though the climate change-denying ...
  • Merkels coalition set to survive despite parties turmoil analyst

    21 Aug 2019, 17:10 Angela Merkel's grand coalition government may survive yet another election debacle in the upcoming East German state votes despite ongoing leadership problems, says political scientist Gero Neugebauer. The Social Democratic ...
  • German government enters crunch time on climate challenge

    21 Aug 2019, 16:00 Moment of truth for German climate policy: Right in time for the UN Climate Action Summit, chancellor Angela Merkel's government is due to present a raft of measures to drastically cut emissions. The eagerly awaited announcements ...
  • 19 Aug 2019 |

    Funds for structural change in German coal regions in dispute state premiers call for clarity

    19 Aug 2019, 13:13 Freja Eriksen Coal Elections & Politics Spiegel Online / dpa / Tagesspiegel Background Federal finance minister Olaf Scholz has ignited doubts about where a promised 40 billion euros of support for German regions to phase out coal ...
  • East German state elections pose litmus test for coal exit plans

    16 Aug 2019, 10:00 Voters in the eastern German states of Saxony and Brandenburg head to the polls on 1 September for crucial state elections. The results could have an outsized impact on German climate policy for three reasons. First, these states are ...
  • Green party boosts influence in German energy sector

    06 Aug 2019, 13:57 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Sören Amelang Utilities Elections & Politics Recharge ...
  • German labour union calls on 2 million members to join climate strike

    06 Aug 2019, 13:53 Sören Amelang Society Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire Germanys service sector labour union Verdi has called on its 2 million members to join the global Fridays for Future climate strike on 20 September. We can only protect ...
  • Germany's coalition government turns the tide on climate policy- media

    01 Aug 2019, 12:22 Expert Ottmar Edenhofer Co-Chair of Working Group III of the IPCC, Director of MCC, Deputy Director and Chief Economist of PIK Energiewende Technology Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics ...
  • Federal government unsettles population with climate action debate Saxony state premier

    31 Jul 2019, 13:57 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Rheinische Post The federal government is frightening the population with the debate about climate action measures such as higher prices for fossil car fuels and domestic ...
  • Climate cabinet deal on 20 Sep would show grand coalition can deliver state sec

    31 Jul 2019, 13:55 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & ...
  • 29 Jul 2019 |

    Right-wing AfD continues to reject man-made climate change in environmental position paper

    29 Jul 2019, 13:43 Freja Eriksen Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / Spiegel Online German right-wing party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has presented an declaration on its environmental policy agenda stating that the influence of CO2 on ...
  • Merkel backs national CO2 price, cites Greta-effect on policy

    19 Jul 2019, 14:04 Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed the introduction of price on CO2 emissions as part of a package to reach the countrys 2030 climate targets. In her annual mid-year press conference, Merkel said experts had made a convincing case for ...
  • 19 Jul 2019 |

    Climate concern could lead to Green chancellor in Germany media

    19 Jul 2019, 14:01 Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Reuters Growing concern over global warming in Germany has seen the Green party rise to record popularity in polls, and made a Green chancellor a real possibility, Madeline Chambers writes for ...
  • German environment minister calls for higher tax on air travel

    18 Jul 2019, 13:50 Freja Eriksen Transport Elections & Politics Rheinische Post Ahead of the climate cabinets next meeting, German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze is calling for a fair CO2 price for air travel, the Rheinische Post reports. She ...
  • Strong message, little substance on climate by new EU Commission head reactions

    17 Jul 2019, 12:46 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Expert VDMA- German Engineering Federation Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und ...
  • EU top job candidate promises "Green Deal" and "Climate Law" for Europe ahead of crunch vote

    16 Jul 2019, 13:08 German defence minister and European Commission candidate Ursula von der Leyen told Members of the European Parliament that if elected, she would introduce a "Green Deal" for Europe in her first 100 days in office, including a ...
  • Vague messages by EU top-job candidate in parliamentary meetings media comments

    11 Jul 2019, 14:00 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics ARD / Handelsblatt / Zeit Online German media commentators described Ursula von der Leyen, candidate for the European Commission presidency and German defence minister, as ...
  • I want Europe to become first climate neutral continent EU top-job candidate

    11 Jul 2019, 10:30 The German candidate for the top job in the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen told European parliamentarians that tackling climate change is a top priority for the EU. She said the bloc's emission reduction goal could be ...
  • German Greens attach conditions to confirming von der Leyen as Commission president

    09 Jul 2019, 12:45 Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics International tageszeitung (taz) / Clean Energy Wire The German members of the Green group in the European Parliament (EP) said they would only support German defence minister Ursula von der ...
  • CDU heads call for climate consensus could be dead on arrival opinion

    09 Jul 2019, 12:42 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Expert FDP- Free Democratic ...
  • Conservative-Green government would mean painful compromises analysts

    09 Jul 2019, 12:40 Sven Egenter Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Deutsche Bank Research / Clean Energy Wire A coalition between Germanys conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Green Party following snap elections in case of a breakdown of the ...
  • German parties must come together to find climate consensus CDU party leader

    08 Jul 2019, 13:30 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert FDP- Free Democratic Party Freie Demokratische Partei Renewable Energy Act | EEG 2014 Policy Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die ...
  • Red-Green-Red state coalition in Bremen wants to declare climate emergency

    02 Jul 2019, 13:39 Freja Eriksen Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire The likely next government coalition of Social Democrats, Greens and the Left Party in Germanys smallest state Bremen wants to declare a ...
  • Right-wing AfD plans eco-strategy to build on opposition to energy transition

    01 Jul 2019, 13:46 Sven Egenter Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Tagesspiegel Germanys right-wing Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) wants to appeal to  people who dislike consequences of climate policy and the energy transition measures such as ...
  • German parties hurry to present climate plans as pressure mounts

    28 Jun 2019, 12:31 Germanys parties are hastening to put together proposals on how the country can reach its national and international climate targets as pressure from recent election results, ongoing climate protests and an early heat wave continues to ...
  • 27 Jun 2019 |

    Governing conservative parties to adopt climate action concept in September

    27 Jun 2019, 12:28 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Julian Wettengel Elections & ...
  • Environment ministry should have right to initiate laws outside own responsibility govt advisors

    27 Jun 2019, 12:27 Expert German Advisory Council on the Environment Sachverständigenrat für Umweltfragen Climate & CO2 Electricity market Renewable Energy Act | EEG 2014 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire In ...
  • Bavarian Merkel ally calls for coal exit by 2030, protesters storm lignite mine

    24 Jun 2019, 13:50 A plea for an accelerated coal exit in Germany by the state premier of Bavaria, Markus Söder, has caused a row within Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative alliance over how to deal with growing political pressure to improve the ...
  • Head of governing conservatives says environmental protection must "get the priority it deserves"

    19 Jun 2019, 12:03 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Die Zeit Humankind cannot continue living and economising the way it has, ...
  • German Greens call for national climate fund to finance reduction and mitigation measures

    17 Jun 2019, 12:50 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen Renewable Energy Act | EEG 2014 Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Bild am Sonntag Germany should set up a national fund endowed with billions of euros to ...
  • 17 Jun 2019 |

    Bavarias conservative state premier says Germanys 2038 coal exit too late

    17 Jun 2019, 12:47 Sven Egenter Coal Elections & Politics Süddeutsche Zeitung Germanys planned exit from coal-fired power generation by 2038 is too late from a climate policy perspective, said Markus Söder, the Bavarian state premier and leader of ...
  • Merkel is working on a comeback as climate chancellor analysis

    14 Jun 2019, 13:14 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Die Zeit At the end of her term in office, German Chancellor Angela Merkel aims to resume her former self-styled role as climate chancellor , motivated by the Fridays For ...
  • SPD calls on Merkels conservatives to get serious on climate

    11 Jun 2019, 13:24 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Expert SPD- Social Democratic ...
  • Climate could become polarising issue in Germany, conservative party head warns

    07 Jun 2019, 13:04 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The leader of the Germany's governing ...
  • Greens overtake Merkels conservatives to lead German national polls

    07 Jun 2019, 12:57 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ ...
  • 'Green wave' vs right-wing populism: Europe faces climate policy polarisation

    05 Jun 2019, 16:00 The European elections delivered major gains for Green parties in several countries, as voters signalled a strong desire for more aggressive action on climate change. In Germany, the Green surge was especially strong. The party doubled ...
  • Merkels Conservatives say will work on energy taxation reform, mull price on CO2

    04 Jun 2019, 13:46 Benjamin Wehrmann Policy Elections & Politics Tagesspiegel Background / Rheinische Post / n-tv The German conservative party CDU has said it will work on a reform of the countrys system of taxes and levies on energy to better align ...
  • World must do all humanly possible on climate change, Merkel tells Harvard grads

    31 May 2019, 13:40 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Euractiv German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the world to do everything humanly possible to combat climate change and pledged to do her part,  reports Euractiv. Climate ...
  • A climate policy that spares everyone does not deserve the name opinion

    29 May 2019, 12:12 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Süddeutsche Zeitung The Energiewende (energy transition) is the linchpin of German climate policy, but the governing parties do little to deal with opposition, explain the ...
  • We have to give better answers on climate Merkel

    29 May 2019, 12:09 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics CNN The results of the European elections mean that Angela Merkels conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) must give better answers on the climate issue, the German ...
  • EU elections wake-up call to make "future-proof" decisions- opinion

    28 May 2019, 13:28 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Energiewende Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire The results of the European elections, in which the Greens surged driven by concerns over global climate change, mean that energy companies must ...
  • Slump in EU election raises pressure on Merkel's coalition as Greens surge on climate worries

    27 May 2019, 15:43 Germanys ruling parties have taken another blow in the European elections, further rattling the fragile government coalition, as voters increasingly turn away from the established forces in the political centre. Against the backdrop of ...
  • 'We can accomplish this'- Fridays for Future pin hopes on EU elections

    22 May 2019, 16:37 Ahead of the European Elections from the 23rd 26th of May, organisers of the German Fridays for Futures see the election as a last chance to put climate at the top of the European Parliaments agenda. This election will have a ...
  • 22 May 2019 |

    Government announces coal region support guidelines ahead of elections

    22 May 2019, 13:19 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Renewable Energy Act | EEG 2014 Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Julian Wettengel Coal Elections & Politics Clean ...
  • Elections could mean EU loses "historic opportunity" for climate action- former French climate diplomat

    21 May 2019, 13:31 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Die Zeit Parties which stand for election in the European Parliament vote this weekend may face a "historic opportunity" to set the continent on track for ambitious ...
  • 21 May 2019 |

    Wind power gut issue in eastern German regional elections

    21 May 2019, 13:26 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Elections & Politics Tagesspiegel Background The expansion of onshore wind power capacities is turning into a highly controversial issue for the regional elections in the three eastern German states Thuringia, ...
  • The stakes for energy and climate policy are high in EU elections

    22 May 2019, 13:45 Voters across the EU will head to the polls between 23 and 26 May to elect a new European Parliament. Its one of three major European institutions along with the European Commission and Council due for elections or leadership ...
  • Germanys far-right AfD focuses on climate denial ahead of EU elections to woo disgruntled voters

    15 May 2019, 12:25 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics The Guardian Climate change denial has become a key topic of Germanys far-right populist party AfD ahead of the EU parliamentary elections and the party particularly focuses ...
  • 08 May 2019 |

    European Commission President candidates clash over CO₂ tax

    08 May 2019, 13:35 Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / ARD Germany's Manfred Weber and the Netherlands' Frans Timmermans the two most likely candidates succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission President ...
  • Right-wing parties poised to bring climate scepticism to European parliament, with Germanys AfD leading the way

    29 Apr 2019, 13:50 Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Der Spiegel Right-wing populist parties could make major gains in the coming European elections, with many of them bringing a new climate scepticism to the chamber and making it ...
  • German conservatives score poorly on climate in EU parliament NGO ranking

    23 Apr 2019, 13:48 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Julian Wettengel Climate & ...
  • 18 Apr 2019 |

    How climate became Germanys new culture war opinion

    18 Apr 2019, 12:23 Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics New York Times For years, Germany has been embroiled in a cultural war over immigration, refugees and diversity, but the environment has also emerged as a deeply polarising issue that the ...
  • Germany's economic powerhouse states demand clear federal energy policy concept

    08 Apr 2019, 12:30 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |

    German task force can't agree on sufficient traffic emissions cuts

    27 Mar 2019, 15:42 The German commission charged with proposing emissions cuts for the nation's transport sector has failed to agree on enough steps to reach the countrys climate targets. During what was billed as the decisive meeting, members could ...
  • Merkels endorsement of climate strikes hypocritical- teachers assoc

    20 Mar 2019, 13:40 Benjamin Wehrmann Society Elections & Politics Tageszeitung (taz) Chancellor Angela Merkels support for the climate school strike movement Fridays for Future is hypocritical because it pretends that the government has nothing to ...
  • 20 Mar 2019 |

    Environment minister Schulze to head Germanys climate cabinet

    20 Mar 2019, 13:31 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Elections & Politics dpa / Rheinische Post The planned German climate cabinet that aims to improve coordination among climate-relevant ministries to put the country on track to meet its ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

    Merkel says Germany needs e-cars for 2030 climate goal, faces tough decisions

    19 Mar 2019, 14:08 Sven Egenter Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany needs e-mobility to reach its 2030 emissions reduction targets in transport, Chancellor Angela Merkel told an audience of think ...
  • 07 Mar 2019 |

    As German political parties realign, environment will be a key issue- op-ed

    07 Mar 2019, 13:40 Rachel Waldholz Elections & Politics New York Times German politics are undergoing a realignment, and the environment will be a key flashpoint in the future, argues Alexander Görlach of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in ...
  • Climate action law draft would enable reliable climate policy for first time- commentary

    22 Feb 2019, 13:32 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Süddeutsche Zeitung The environment ministrys climate action law draft shows how words on climate protection can become deeds, writes Michael Bauchmüller in a commentary in the ...
  • Environment minister submits draft of climate action law to chancellery

    21 Feb 2019, 13:26 German environment minister Svenja Schulze has sent a first draft of the planned Climate Action Law to the chancellery for early coordination, even as conservative politicians continue to criticise key elements and demand for it to be ...
  • German conservative party head calls for serious discussion on climate action law media

    19 Feb 2019, 13:19 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    German govt should follow coal exit proposal closely comission co-leader

    14 Feb 2019, 14:02 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire Germanys coal exit should follow the Coal Exit Commission's final report as closely as possible, according to the commissions co-chair ...
  • Student climate activist Greta Thunberg calls Germanys 2038 coal exit proposal absurd

    07 Feb 2019, 13:49 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Focus Online Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has called the proposed 2038 deadline for ending coal-fired power production in Germany absurd. The 16-year-old ...
  • German transport minister invites opposition to join mobility commission

    06 Feb 2019, 14:01 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Mobility Elections & Politics dpa / Focus Online Germanys transport minister Andreas Scheuer has invited politicians from opposition parties to join the countrys mobility ...
  • 01 Feb 2019 |

    Relief about German coal exit deal fades as focus turns to implementation challenges

    01 Feb 2019, 13:53 The initial relief in Germany over a coal exit deal has given way to fresh discussions over how to implement the hard-won compromise. Chancellor Angela Merkel and politicians from her grand coalition government praised the agreement by ...
  • Conservatives reject environment ministry proposal for climate action law- report

    01 Feb 2019, 12:37 Sören Amelang Policy Elections & Politics Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Chancellor Angela Merkels conservatives are annoyed by a first and as yet unpublished environment ministry draft of Germany's highly anticipated climate ...
  • 29 Jan 2019 |

    Tough talks ahead within grand coalition on financing of coal exit opinion

    29 Jan 2019, 13:52 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Elections & Politics Die Welt Now that the coal exit commission has reached an agreement on how Germany could phase out the fossil fuel, the federal grand coalition government must ...
  • 29 Jan 2019 |

    Coal exit proposal may create illusory expectations in mining regions

    29 Jan 2019, 13:49 Expert ifo- Institute for Economic Research Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (ifo) Climate & CO2 Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Elections & Politics ...
  • 29 Jan 2019 |

    Parliamentarians see tough road ahead for coal exit proposal

    29 Jan 2019, 13:41 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands Renewable Energy Act | EEG 2014 Policy Julian Wettengel ...
  • Germany eyes coal exit by 2038 in bid for climate-friendly economy

    26 Jan 2019, 16:45 Energy transition home country Germany eyes a phase-out of coal power by 2038 at the very latest, as the country tries to get back on track to create a climate-friendly economy. In its highly anticipated phase-out proposal, the country ...
  • Majority of Germans for quick lignite exit, split on Autobahn speed limit

    25 Jan 2019, 14:22 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Cars Elections & Politics ARD / ZDF A majority of Germans supports a quick coal exit, according to two different polls commissioned by German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF. 59 percent ...
  • Germanys coal exit talks in final round

    25 Jan 2019, 11:58 Germanys coal exit commission has begun what could be its decisive meeting on Friday. In crucial last-minute talks, the commission must agree on a timetable to phase out the climate-damaging fossil fuel for electricity production ...
  • German coal exit timetable to be settled in last minute talks

    23 Jan 2019, 18:16 Germanys detailed coal exit path and the end-date to coal-fired power generation remain unknown only days before a highly anticipated phase-out proposal is due to be published. A leaked draft of the final report of the countrys coal ...
  • Blog: Energy firms discuss their role in key year for German energy transition

    22 Jan 2019, 12:46 The top brass from energy companies, regulators, ministries and political parties gather in Berlin to discuss the challenges of the energy transition at the Handelsblatt energy conference, the traditional annual kick-off for the sector. ...
  • Financial and political risks of coal exit remain high commentaries

    17 Jan 2019, 14:11 Sören Amelang Fossil fuels Elections & Politics Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Tagesspiegel Germanys coal exit will have economic impacts well beyond the coal industry and regions, Andreas Mihm writes in a commentary in the ...
  • Germanys coal commission has made little progress on detailed exit path reports

    17 Jan 2019, 14:07 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Elections & Politics Handelsblatt / Tagesspiegel Background While the governments financial pledges for mining regions have paved the way for an agreement on structural support, ...
  • Govt support pledge for mining regions puts coal commission on home stretch

    16 Jan 2019, 13:16 The German government has pledged long-term payments to lignite mining regions, removing a major hurdle to reaching a compromise over the countrys coal exit. After a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Olaf ...
  • Coal mining state premier says Germany will exit coal in 2030s

    09 Jan 2019, 12:06 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Elections & Politics Rheinische Post Germanys coal commission will agree on a phase-out within around 20 years, according to Armin Laschet, premier of the western coal mining state ...
  • Merkel calls climate change vital question in new years address

    02 Jan 2019, 13:10 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 21 Dec 2018 |

    Greens leave big mark on coalition treaty with CDU in Hesse

    21 Dec 2018, 13:34 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Elections & Politics Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The new coalition treaty for the incoming government between the conservative CDU and the Green Party in the German state Hesse bears the ...
  • Bavaria premier wants coal exit, rejects mining state demands

    12 Dec 2018, 14:11 Bavarian state premier Markus Söder called for a national exit from coal-fired power generation but rejected the current financial demands from coal-mining states to cushion the phase-out. In a speech on his new governments priorities, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Climate change, if uncontained, will change the face of our planet- Merkel

    07 Dec 2018, 13:29 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire German chancellor Angela ...
  • Kramp-Karrenbauer sets herself apart from other CDU leadership candidates on climate action

    29 Nov 2018, 16:21 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a candidate to succeed her at the helm of the ...
  • German Greens thrive in backlash to right wing-conservative push

    28 Nov 2018, 16:14 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society Elections & Politics New York Times As a turn towards conservative and right-wing politics appears to dominate the political agenda in Germany and elsewhere in the ...
  • CSUs new coalition partner Free Voters of Bavaria rejects key grid expansion plans

    The Free Voters, new coalition partners in Bavaria, Germanys southern economic powerhouse state, reject important grid expansion plans that are meant to improve the distribution of electricity from renewable power sources across the country, Claudia ...
  • SPD at odds with itself over level of ambition in climate policy to regain ground

    The German Social Democrats (SPD) have made climate policy one of the key topics during a special conference ("debate camp") following defeats in two state elections in which the federal government coalition party suffered major voter losses, ...
  • Metalworkers union head warns Green party against overlooking energy transitions social challenges

    The German Green Party should not overlook the concerns of workers in the steel or car industry when it debates the decarbonisation of the countrys economy, metalworker union IG Metall head Jörg Hofmann said as a guest speaker at the Greens annual party ...
  • German env minister plans CO₂ price concept to boost climate action

    12 Nov 2018, 14:15 Germany's environment minister Svenja Schulze continued her push for a price on CO2 emissions, announcing plans to team up with fellow Social Democrat Olaf Scholz's finance ministry in order to prepare a concept in line with ...
  • Cabinet decides additional renewables auctions as part of energy law reform

    The German government cabinet has decided a collection of energy law amendments, which include the introduction of additional renewables auctions in 2019-2021, the economy ministry (BMWi) said in a press release. The press release while not giving many ...
  • Focus on climate in Bavarian coalition treaty is a surprise, but might be less ambitious than first meets the eye - reports

    The focus on climate in Bavarias coalition treaty  between conservative parties Christian Socialist Union (CSU) and Free Voters is a surprise, writes Peter Issig for the Die Welt. Some of it seems to have been copied directly from the Greens, writes ...
  • German government sticks to plan for Climate Protection Law in 2019

    The German government will stick to its plan to introduce a Climate Protection Law in 2019 despite  major internal difficulties  harrowing the coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD). A first ...
  • Social Democrats need more courage in environment policy - env minister

    Environment minister and Social Democrat (SPD) Svenja Schulze called on her party to become more vocal in environmental and climate protection policy, reports newspaper Merkur. The Social Democrats have "for a long time not been decisive and ...
  • New Bavarian government coalition plans state climate protection law

    Bavarian conservative parties Christian Socialist Union (CSU) and Free Voters have signed a coalition treaty for the coming five years in Germanys southern economic power house and largest federal state. The alliance aims to make climate protection a ...
  • Climate change among greatest challenges of our time CDU party head candidate

    The long-time rival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former parliamentary group leader of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, Friedrich Merz,  provided the first details on his candidacy to become chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    Climate and energy views of candidates to follow Merkel at helm of CDU

    07 Dec 2018, 09:13 With her decision not to seek re-election as party chair and chancellor, Angela Merkel has kicked off what is a novelty for her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU): an organised internal election campaign for the partys ...
  • Merkel's preparation for departure heralds turbulent times in German politics - commentators

    German newspaper editorials focus on Chancellor Angela Merkels shock move to prepare for departure. The Merkel era draws to a close, comments Süddeutsche Zeitung. The CDUs renewal and reformation may begin [] This injects a new dynamism into German ...
  • Merkel prepares departure in shock move at key time for climate policy

    29 Oct 2018, 16:39 The elections in the German state of Hesse have set in motion a major shift in the country's political landscape. Germany's national government coalition parties took the second pounding at regional elections in a row, ...
  • Greens strong in regional election, but ability to turn success into concrete policy remains to be seen - opinion

    While the Greens were strengthened by their success in the regional elections in the German federal state of Hesse, it remains to be seen whether they can convert this political success into concrete green policy, writes Joachim Wille in an opinion piece ...
  • Merkel will not seek re-election as party chair, chancellor

    After heavy losses for her conservative CDU/CSU alliance in regional elections in Bavaria and Hesse, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she will not seek re-election as party chairwoman. She also said she would not run for chancellor again. ...
  • Germanys large parties have understood nothing about climate action and fairness opinion

    The problem with being in power for a long time is that it becomes possible to judge a politician by whether they fulfilled their promises, writes Cerstin Gammelin in an op-ed for Süddeutsche Zeitung. Angela Merkel in her 13 th year as chancellor is ...
  • Merkels proposal to prevent diesel driving bans cheap argument and attempt to please voters ahead of state election - opinion

    Chancellor Angela Merkels proposal to change the law to prevent diesel driving bans in several German cities is a cheap argument and an all-too transparent attempt to please voters ahead of the state elections in Hesse this Sunday, writes Lutz Reiche ...
  • Merkel aims to change law to prevent diesel driving bans

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning for her party ahead of the regional elections in the federal state of Hesse, said her government aims to amend existing legislation to prevent diesel driving bans in cities where nitrogen oxide limits are only ...
  • Fresh Green upset in Hesse state election may derail Merkel government

    26 Oct 2018, 10:47 As Germanys federal government parties, Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU camp and the Social Democrats (SPD), suffer from voter flight due to the coalitions constant quarrels, the Green Party emerges as one of the big ...
  • 15 Oct 2018 |

    Bavarian vote shakes Berlin coalition, leaves energy policy in limbo

    15 Oct 2018, 17:33 The ruling Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) the sister party to Angela Merkels CDU and the partner in her national grand coalition government were dealt a historic blow in the Bavarian state elections, ...
  • Forming a CSU-Greens coalition difficult opinion

    Several German newspapers discuss the option of a possible regional government coalition between the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Green Party after the Bavaria state elections. In an opinion piece in the Mittelbayrische Zeitung, ...
  • Merkel's conservative allies battered in Bavaria, Greens gain big

    In a further erosion of Germany's political mainstream, the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) has lost its absolute majority in Bavarias state elections, while the Greens have become the second largest political force there, writes Deutsche ...
  • 12 Oct 2018 |

    Shake-up in Bavaria's election may impact German energy policy

    12 Oct 2018, 16:30 The surge of far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and a strong showing of the Green Party look set to end the absolute majority of conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavarian state elections on 14 October. The CSU is a ...
  • Green Party adheres to holding party convention at Hambach Forest

    The Green Party in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is adamant about holding its party convention at the embattled Hambach Forest. We as Greens want to send a message and support the peaceful resistance against energy company RWE ...
  • Coalition between Conservatives and Greens in Bavaria possible

    According to the latest polls, the Green Party could be the second-largest party in the October state elections in Bavaria, which would make possible a conservative-green coalition with the Christian Social Union (CSU), writes Die Welt. The Greens co-top ...
  • 2018 drought unlikely to change Germanys climate policy - opinion

    The debate between politicians and scientists in one of Germanys most popular political talk shows Anne Will makes clear that this years heat wave and resulting draught is unlikely to fundamentally change Germanys climate policy, writes Joachim ...
  • Green Party wants to include climate protection in German constitution

    The German Green Party wants to write climate protection into the countrys constitution, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. At a Green campaign event in the central German federal state of Hesse, where state elections will take place on 28 ...
  • Man can't contribute much to climate change head of far-right AfD in summer interview

    In an interview with public TV station ZDF, head of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party Alexander Gauland said he wasnt denying climate change but didnt think mankind carried much responsibility.  He also said he doubted we could prevent ...
  • Climate change denial is irrationality beating reason opinion

    The extreme summer of 2018 in Germany and most of Europe has prompted climate change deniers to hastily announce that the exceptional heat and drought are merely normal weather phenomena and do not testify to the human effect on the global climate, ...
  • Opposition FDP calls federal governments energy policy unclear

    The German federal governments uncertainty about how to achieve a 65 percent share of renewable energy by 2030 speaks for itself, said Sandra Weeser, head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) faction on the federal parliaments (Budestag) Committee on ...
  • Government crisis halts Germanys energy policy

    The chaotic internal strife in the German government's conservative camp over immigration means that no progress of any kind can be expected in the country's energy and climate policymaking for some time, writes Tagesspiegel Background in an ...
  • Energy and environment ministers dispute strains economy commentary

    Disagreement between German environment minister Svenja Schulze and economy minister Peter Altmaier over important measures like a carbon tax or the expansion of the electricity grid is burdening the economy, write Klaus Stratmann and Silke Kersting in ...
  • Merkels critics have just got started opinion

    Chancellor Angela Merkels conservatives have begun an internal conflict over immigration policy that points at deeper rifts between Merkels CDU and its Bavarian sister party CSU, Ulf Poschardt writes in Die Welt. Merkel has developed a callousness that ...
  • German environment minister open to national carbon price

    23 Apr 2018 Germanys new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, has indicated support for a national price on carbon emissions. The Social Democrat said in an interview the idea that Germany improves its emissions reduction by putting a price tag on CO2 ...
  • Green Partys policy statement to herald new stage in party history

    The German Green Partys first fundamental policy statement in 16 years heralds a new stage in the ecologic-liberal party, Cordula Ebel writes in the Tagesspiegel. The party will use a convention to start working on the paper, which is scheduled for ...
  • New environment minister stroke of luck for coal exit commentary

    New environment minister Svenja Schulze might be a stroke of luck for Germanys climate policy, because she could narrow the gap between the political camps regarding the countrys coal exit, writes Kurt Stukenberg, co-chief editor of Greenpeace ...
  • New transport ministers maiden speech a bitter disappointment VCD

    Germanys new transport minister, who did not mention climate protection and the transition to a sustainable transport system in his maiden speech to parliament, has not understood the signs of the times, according to sustainable transport association VCD ...
  • New environment minister Schulze says Germany must regain leading position in international climate action

    Germanys new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, says Germany must regain its leadership position in the international effort to reduce carbon emissions. Germany quickly has to restore its pioneering role in climate action, Schulze said during her ...
  • Diesel crisis: New German transport minister pledges no panic, no bans

    Germanys new transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has signalled that he does not plan a sharp departure from the previous governments approach to reducing diesel engine pollution in cities, which had been sharply criticised by environmentalists as being ...
  • Merkel re-elected as German chancellor

    The German federal parliament, the Bundestag, has elected Chancellor Angela Merkel to a fourth term in office. Merkel, who will head a renewed grand coalition between her conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democratic Party (SPD), was elected ...
  • Government partners sign coalition treaty

    Acting German Chancellor and Christian Democrat (CDU) Angela Merkel and the leaders of her future coalition government partners the Christian Social Union (CSU) and Social Democratic Party (SPD) have signed the coalition treaty for the coming legislative ...
  • Svenja Schulze to become Germanys next environment minister

    Germanys new minister for the environment and nuclear safety will be Svenja Schulze from the Social Democratic Party (SPD). The 49-year old, from the countrys most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), will be an excellent minister who supports ...
  • Environment minister Hendricks will not be part of next government

    Germanys environment minister Barbara Hendricks will leave her position once the countrys new government starts its work, Eva Quadbeck writes in the Rheinische Post. I will not be part of the new federal government, Hendricks told the newspaper, ...
  • To help protect the climate, SPD members should vote for grand coalition - opinion

    To help protect the climate, members of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) should vote in favour of a grand coalition government with Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance, writes Benjamin von Brackel in an opinion piece for klimaretter.info. A ...
  • Coalition agreement lacks energy taxes & levies reform, detail opinion

    It is surprising that the would-be government coalition partners of Angela Merkels CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) did not agree to push for a fundamental reform of Germanys energy taxes and levies system in the coalition talks, because ...
  • Quick German coal exit feasible, say energy politicians of Bavarias CSU

    A energy transition working group of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of German Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU party, has published a paper saying that the effects of an end to coal-fired power production in Germany are far less damaging ...
  • Coalition agreement fragmented and incoherent on climate and energy policy consultancy

    Swiss consultancy Prognos has published a detailed and highly sceptical assessment of the coalition agreement between the conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD), including analyses of the effects on climate, energy, transport and ...
  • Germanys coalition agreement could boost production of e-vans

    A provision on financial support of commercially used electric vehicles in Germanys coalition agreement could boost the production of e-vans, Jürgen Pander writes on Spiegel Online. In the treaty that still hinges on the approval of the Social Democrats ...
  • Coalition treaty grasps challenges, lacks detail- Energiewende expert

    09 Feb 2018 The provisions on climate, energy, and transport in the coalition treaty agreed by Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) recognise the big challenges of Germanys energy transition project, but lack ...
  • Coalition treaty: New promises for the fourth time in a row - opinion

    The coalition treaty agreed by Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) is filled with promises and vaguely worded provisions on climate, energy and transport and it remains to be seen if 2030 climate targets will ...
  • CDUs new economy ministry is the wooden spoon opinion

    The German economy ministry (BMWi) has visibly lost influence under three consecutive coalition governments led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, Heike Goebel writes in a commentary for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. But Merkel's CDU party now claims ...
  • The grand coalition continues its active policy against climate protection opinion

    Germanys new and old coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkels conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) have made a shambles of the successful pro-climate and pro-renewables policy of the SPD-Greens coalition in the early 2000s, Green politician Hans ...
  • Commission on coal exit "easy way out"- Greens' climate spokesperson

    08 Feb 2018 In their coalition treaty, negotiators from Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to set up a special commission charged with managing the phase-out of coal-fired power generation in Germany, ...
  • "There will be no more excuses in 2030"-SPD energy politician Westphal

    07 Feb 2018 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 country in ...
  • Germany's coalition negotiators agree treaty, promise coal exit date

    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 most important ...
  • 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 ...
  • Coalitions' renewables plans would overstrain German grid - agency head

    The would-be coalition partners plan to reach a 65 percent share of renewables in Germanys power mix by 2030 is an ambitious target, said Jochen Homann, president of the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), at a meeting  held on the eve of the E-world ...
  • Liberal state energy minister welcomes coalition draft agreement on energy and climate

    Andreas Pinkwart, Free Democratic (FDP) state energy minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, welcomed several energy and climate provisions of the draft coalition treaty between the conservatives (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD). Admitting that the ...
  • Coalition draft treaty contains "good compromise" and "huge step forward"

    The head negotiators of CDU and SPD in the coalition talks have praised the decisions on energy and climate policy as a good compromise (Armin Laschet, CDU) and a huge step forward (Barbara Hendricks, SPD). Hendricks, who is acting environment ...
  • Coalition of federations calls for CO2 price in Germany

    A coalition of several German environmental and energy federations urges the next government to introduce a price for emitting CO 2 to safeguard the countrys contribution to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The current low oil price makes ...
  • Reactions to Germany's coalition agreement

    08 Feb 2018 After weeks of intensive negotiations, Germany's would-be government partners have agreed on a coalition draft treaty. The Clean Energy Wire presents first reactions to texts on transport, climate and energy. [UPDATE adds VDA, VDMA, vzbv, ...
  • Coalition negotiators irresponsible in energy and climate policy opinion

    The latest leaked drafts of the coalition treaty show that the possible future government partners CDU/CSU and SPD know where the difficulties lie in Germanys energy system, but they shy away from making important decisions, writes Jakob Schlandt in an ...
  • 47 NGOs call on coalition negotiators to commit to 2020 climate goal

    In a letter addressed to Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leading negotiators in the ongoing government coalition talks between the CDU/CSU and the SPD, several German NGOs, including BUND, WWF, and NABU, call for a clear commitment to the 2020 climate ...
  • Coalition negotiators consider diesel car hardware retrofitting in treaty draft

    Negotiators in the ongoing talks to renew Germanys grand coalition of conservatives (CDU, CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) want to avoid inner city driving bans and consider hardware retrofitting for older diesel cars to bring down nitrogen oxide ...
  • Coalition treaty draft on climate & energy policy emphasises 2030 climate goal

    The draft of a coalition treaty agreed by Germanys negotiating parties suggests that Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) have found common ground on energy and climate policy, mirroring several aspects ...
  • Next federal government urged to introduce coal emergency programme to reach 2020 climate goal

    Greenpeace Germany has proposed to the next German federal government an emergency programme for coal to largely reach the countrys 2020 climate target. The proposal focuses on throttling or shutting down the oldest and dirtiest lignite power plants, ...
  • Set end date for coal in coalition talks, Gore tells negotiators

    Former US Vice President and environmentalist Al Gore has called on Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU union and the Social Democrats (SPD) to agree on a coal phase-out by 2030 during their ongoing coalition negotiations. In two messages, Gore said that ...
  • Climate policy: coalition negotiators shift responsibility to special commission - commentary

    The parties negotiating a new grand coalition government in Berlin seem to prefer to delegate important climate policy decisions such as finding a date for a coal exit to a future commission, rather than taking on the responsibility themselves, writes ...
  • Germany's Green party elects energy and climate politicians as new leaders

    Germanys Greens elected a new joint leadership duo at a weekend convention, breaking with tradition by selecting two members of the partys moderate wing, reports Politico. Green MP Annalena Baerbock served as speaker of the Green parliamentary group on ...
  • Energy experts demand emphasis on energy efficiency in coalition talks

    The next government must put much more emphasis on energy efficiency measures if climate targets are to be reached, according to the German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF). In an open letter addressed to Chancellor Angela Merkels ...
  • Germanys Energiewende: No abandonment, just revision

    The coalition talks between Chancellor Angela Merkels Conservatives and the Social Democrats have revealed that Germany has problems with implementing the energy transition, writes Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk in the Bulletin of the Polish Institute of ...
  • Merkels Conservatives and SPD start official coalition negotiations

    Four months after Germans elected a new parliament in September, acting Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) have started official coalition negotiations, public broadcaster  Deutschlandfunk reports. ...
  • Germanys 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 ...
  • Conservatives and SPD defend postponing Germanys 2020 climate goal

    Germanys negotiating coalition parties, Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD), have defended their decision to postpone the countrys 2020 goal of reducing emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 ...
  • German politicians have endorsed fake climate goal Club of Rome co-president

    In recent years, German politicians endorsed a fake climate goal that could not have been met, renowned German environmentalist  Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker said in an interview with the Main Post. Von Weizsäcker said it is good the parties in ...
  • Lies instead of solutions

    Social Democrat leader Martin Schulzs assurances that the party will not abandon the countrys 2020 emissions reduction goal ring hollow, as the paper resulting from exploratory talks with Merkels CDU shows lack of ambition to reach it, Malte ...
  • E.ON CEO says postponing Germanys 2020 climate goal is appropriate decision

    The decision by parties negotiating Germanys next government to weaken the countrys 2020 climate protection goals was an appropriate move that took courage, Johannes Teyssen, CEO of utility E.ON, said at an energy industry conference held by ...
  • Social Democrats (SPD) vote for formal coalition negotiations; Germany giving up climate target fake news SPD head Schulz

    At their special congress held on 21 January, 56 percent of SPD delegates voted to enter formal negotiations to renew Germanys grand coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkels conservative CDU/CSU block, reports Reuters. SPD leaders vowed to ...
  • Industry sends climate protection wake-up call to policymakers opinion

    The decisive message of the  German Industry Associations (BDI) study  is that climate protection can be an economic success story, writes Ekkehard Rüger in an editorial for the Westdeutsche Zeitung. To hear this wake-up call not just from ...
  • Greens want top priority for 2020 climate goal

    The Green parliamentary group in the German Bundestag (parliament) has introduced a motion calling on the government to give top priority to Germanys target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, initiating a debate in the plenary. ...
  • Coalition talks should emphasise German industrys competitiveness CDU negotiator

    Possible negotiations to extend Germanys grand coalition government should put a special focus on international competitiveness, as the US under President Donald Trump is increasingly becoming a rival, writes the Christian Democratic Partys (CDU) energy ...
  • Next German government must quickly take coal plants offline Greenpeace head

    The only way to enable Chancellor [Angela] Merkels next government to reach the 2020 climate target is to exit from coal-fired power generation, writes Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International in a guest commentary in the ...
  • Germany needs emergency programme to reach 2030 climate goals dena head

    Germanys 2020 climate target is practically out of reach, and the country now needs an emergency programme to reach its 2030 targets, Andreas Kuhlmann, head of the German Energy Agency (dena), told the Frankfurter Rundschau. In their blueprint for ...
  • Reactions to climate & energy policy in parties' coalition blueprint

    15 Jan 2018 The parties currently in talks to form Germanys 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 blueprint ...
  • German party leaders agree energy policy blueprint for coalition talks

    The parties currently in talks to form Germanys 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 blueprint agreement ...
  • Energiewende costs unknown to German government

    The total cost of Germanys energy transition cannot be calculated merely by adding up the costs of individual assets, as some costs would arise even without a shift towards a decarbonised energy system, the German Federal Government writes in an answer ...
  • German party leaders agree energy policy blueprint for coalition talks

    12 Jan 2018 The parties currently in talks to form Germanys 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 blueprint ..