IN DEPTH: Germany's new energy era

Despite their political differences, Angela Merkel and Sigmar Gabriel have an excellent working relationship

Despite their political differences, Angela Merkel and Sigmar Gabriel have an excellent working relationship

“The entire world is looking at this country,” says Sigmar Gabriel, as he sits beside Chancellor Angela Merkel in front of the German press.

“If this experiment goes wrong, then the failure of the Warsaw climate conference is the smallest problem we have in the world.”

The Social Democrats (SPD) leader and key partner in Germany’s new coalition government believes that if the national energy transition to renewables fails, no other country will attempt such a move, with potentially disastrous long-term consequences for the climate. It is the country’s “biggest technological, economic, social and ecological challenge since German unification [in 1990]”, he says.

Gabriel knows full well the difficulties he faces as the Log in to read complete article.

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