Germany after the elections – complicated coalition talks expected with climate and energy as major points of contention

Autore: Michael Schneider

Almost one month after the elections, exploratory talks for a new governing coalition have started in Germany. Progress on climate and energy policy is urgently required as Germany risks to blatantly miss its 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent compared to 1990. However, the elections have led to an intricate situation in which only a coalition out of conservative party CDU/CSU, the liberal party FDP and the Green Party comes into question. Although all parties are committed to tackle climate change, they have very different views on which instruments and measures would be adequate to make headway. They are divided by disagreement over the overall strategy, the right targets and many more details as depicted below. Nevertheless, it is also shown in this Reflection that there are ways to find compromises. In the end, “climate chancellor” Angela Merkel could play a decisive role for the success of the coalition talks, even though she has forfeited reputation because she bears the responsibility for the great losses her party incurred at the elections.