Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new cabinet sends a message on her priorities for the biggest shift to clean-energy of any developed country: Nurturing Germany’s economy takes precedence over the drive to renewables.
Germany is ready to talk with France about spurring economic growth in Europe so long as President- elect Francois Hollande holds to his commitments in the fiscal pact, the chief whip for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is tightening her grip on the biggest energy overhaul in the country’s history, assigning a party enforcer to speed the transition amid signs her 12-month-old policy shift has stalled.
Germany plans talks with other European Union countries about the bloc’s long-term climate goals and expects “intensive” discussions on the EU carbon-cut pathway in autumn, Environment Minister Peter Altmaier said.
China and the U.S. are more willing to act on climate protection, raising the chances for a “breakthrough” in United Nations-sponsored talks to curb global warming, German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier said.