Chancellor Angela Merkel may ease proposed cuts in aid for wind power as she seeks to win backing for her green-energy plans from German states concerned about job losses, a state premier involved in the talks said.
Vladimir Putin’s play to wrest control of Ukraine is accentuating divisions in the European Union over how to balance climate and energy policies, driving a wedge between Germany and its eastern neighbor Poland.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats face a Lower Saxony state vote highlighting challenges she’ll face in a re-election bid in September amid collapsing support for her Free Democratic Party ally.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party lost control of Lower Saxony state as the Social Democrats and Greens took a single seat majority, buoying the opposition parties eight months before federal elections.
Volkswagen AG , Europe’s largest carmaker, has the full backing of Lower Saxony to pursue an expansion strategy, including its merger with Porsche AG , according to the new head of the German state with veto power.
The German state of Lower Saxony, Volkswagen AG’s second-largest shareholder, opposes French government aid for PSA Peugeot Citroen’s ailing financing arm and indicated Germany would ask for a European Commision review.