Altmaier and Kraft lead energy talks

Hannelore Kraft's presence in the working group alarms renewables groups

Hannelore Kraft's presence in the working group alarms renewables groups

German environment minister Peter Altmaier and state premier Hannelore Kraft will lead a working group on energy within the framework of official coalition negotiations to form a new government that start today.

Altmaier will represent Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), which  together with their Bavarian ally, the Christian Social Union (CSU), won 41.5% in the September federal election.

However, to form a government, Merkel needs the hitherto opposition Social Democrats (SPD), which gained 25.7%.

Kraft, the premier of North-Rhine-Westphalia, will represent the SPD in the energy talks. She is a firm backer of the coal industry that was traditionally strong in her state but that has been struggling in recent years.

In its election manifesto, the SPD lobbied for more ambitious targets for renewable energy than the CDU/CSU, Log in to read complete article.

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