IN DEPTH: RE in German poll debate

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Chancellor Angela Merkel

Germany must reform its renewable energy legislation right after 22 September federal elections, Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democrats (CDU) said during a TV debate last night with her Social Democrat (SPD) rival Peer Steinbrück.

The chancellor said she would have preferred to amend the legislation before the elections, but acknowledged that it wasn’t possible to convince the country’s powerful states.

Her environment minister Peter Altmaier and economics minister Philipp Rösler earlier this year had pushed for a series of harsh cuts to renewables feed-in tariffs (FITs) that included controversial retroactive measures. But the proposals found no majority in the upper house, or Bundesrat, which represents German states.

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