Merkel will discuss power tax cut

The Greens are putting electoral heat on Chancellor Merkel, pictured, on energy issues.

Merkel with ministers Altmaier, centre, and Rösler

Germany’s federal and state governments will discuss lowering a tax on electricity as an alternative way to keep power prices from rising – but Chancellor Angela Merkel is sceptical whether the country’s 2014 budget can afford such a measure, her spokesman said.

Cutting the electricity tax is the latest twist in a fierce debate in Germany over whether renewables support should be hammered to protect electricity consumers.

“Of course, due to the wish of the states this will be discussed further,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said during a government press conference.

Just before that, Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer told news magazine Der Spiegel that he now supports proposals by the opposition Social Democrats and Greens to lower the power tax, after talks failed last week between Merkel and state premiers about a Log in to read complete article.

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