February 5, 2018
After 4 months of bickering about coalitions and policy measures, Germany’s 2 largest parties – Angela Merkel’s conservative party CDU/CSU and the Social Democrats (SPD) – have formed a grand coalition: the so-called GroKo.
German politics plays a mayor role in the climate goals of the whole EU: which parties end up in the government coalition and what policy they agree on will have a big effect on Germany’s policies regarding climate, energy and mobility (among many other themes) for the next 4 years. Seeing that Germany is the EU’s largest emitter, and makes up more than 1/5th of the EU’s total GDP, the parties that sit at its head will be the ones to make or break Europe’s climate commitments.
What does this mean for the climate and energy policy of Europe’s largest emitter? During coalition talks on January 31st, both coalition parties agreed on the outline for their agreed policy measures on climate, energy and the environment. Below, Climate Tracker summarizes the energy and climate policies of the new coalition, based on the coalition treaty draft from January 31st: