[ Director: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano X

quarta-feira, 27 de setembro de 2017

Climate and energy policy could decide next German government

Germany's long-awaited plans for a coal phase-out could emerge as a government-forming issue over the coming weeks and months.
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Chancellor Merkel’s underwhelming victory and the Social Democratic (SPD) party’s current unwillingness to form another Grand Coalition with the CDU/CSU have increased the chances of a ‘Jamaica’ alliance with the Free Democratic (FDP) and Green parties.

But climate change and energy policy are likely to make complex negotiations even more difficult, as many observers claim that the two junior parties are incompatible and will end up losing support if they compromise on campaign promises.

NGO Germanwatch’s Christoph Bals warned that the Jamaica option is “a highly risky situation” for the Greens and failure to achieve visible progress on climate change could mean “a bitter loss at the polls next time”.
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Is German climate leadership being sacrificed on the altar of coal?

The pre-election politicking currently going on in Germany should ring alarm bells among climate policy advocates, warns Julian Schwartzkopff. If Angela Merkel does not take personal ownership of securing a climate-compatible coal phase-out, she could jeopardise her legacy as “climate chancellor”, he writes.
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The Greens have already pledged to start phasing out coal as soon as possible and to go completely coal-free by 2030. Merkel’s latest stint as chancellor saw little to no progress in coming up with a concrete roadmap for the phase-out.
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