Germany’s Energiewende —the transition from nuclear and fossil fuels to renewable energy — used to be a model for the world, and Angela Merkel was dubbed the “climate Chancellor”.

No more.

The Energiewende is stalling and Merkel is increasingly seen as blocking progressive climate and environmental policies in Europe, such as stricter car emissions, more ambitious EU-wide renewable energy targets and a carbon tax.

With permits becoming increasingly difficult to get, flawed national tender rules, and a damaging turbine distance rule in Bavaria, new wind installations fell to a 20-year low of 134MW in the first quarter.