Friday, 12 January 2018
Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU bloc and SPD have achieved a breakthrough in their exploratory talks on forming a coalition, possibly bringing an end to the political impasse.
In the 28-page coalition blueprint unveiled, parties 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 between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) no longer explicitly postpones Germany's 2020 climate target (as reported here). The agreement on energy and climate between both parties include: