Climate policy threatens to crash German coalition negotiations 

Posted: October 27, 2017 by oldbrew in climate, government, ideology, Politics
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Coalition crisis?

German politics could be reduced to a divisive squabble over ineffective attempts to alter global climate by industrial means, amidst threats of crashing the talks.

Exploratory talks in Berlin over the possible first Jamaican coalition at federal level have so far been quite harmonious, reports the GWPF.

Despite arguments between the Liberal Democrats (FDP) and the Greens over the abolition of the solidarity surcharge (established nearly 30 years ago to rebuild the public infrastructure of the former communist states in East Germany) – overall the discussions seem to be relaxed so far.

This could change on Thursday when there are delicate topics on the agenda: refugees, climate and energy.

Even before the start of the talks negotiators voiced their warnings and demands. North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (Christian Democrats) who leads the CDU’s negotiation team on climate and energy threatened to pull the plug on the negotiations: “If Germany’s industrial base is compromised, we won’t form a coalition,” he told Rheinische Post.

While climate protection was important, so was the protection of jobs as a moral goal. “If coal plants are closed down in Eastern Germany and thousands of workers are made redundant, very soon 30% of voters will support the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD),” Laschet warned.

The Green Party is demanding the immediate closure of 20 of the most polluting brown coal power plants and the end of coal-fired power generation altogether by 2030. Green party leader Simone Peter reaffirmed her party’s position. The Greens have high expectations of the negotiations, she told Berliner Morgenpost.

“It is a matter of making real climate policy once again and agreeing a concrete package of measures.” Germany must achieve its 2020 climate targets and do everything possible to close the existing gap. “Without doubt, a mandatory coal exit and the accelerated expansion of renewable energies are part of this package,” Peter said.

Prime Minister Laschet announced that he would not make substantial concessions: “If push comes to shove we will have to crash the talks.” He said that environmental policy was a bigger hurdle for the negotiations than immigration policy: “The latter is easier to settle than the closure of power stations.”

Source: Climate Policy Threatens To Crash German Coalition Negotiations | The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

  1. oldbrew says:

    German Cardinal: Number-One Challenge Facing Europe Is ‘Climate Change’

    In launching an international Vatican conference on the future of Europe on Friday, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx listed off his idea of the three greatest challenges facing Europe, the first of which was “climate change.”

    Makes a change from Brexit anyway :/

  2. Bitter&twisted says:

    I would love to see Germany’s Greens excluded from Government and moronic “Mutti” open borders closed.

  3. Graeme No.3 says:

    At some stage reality will intrude. They cannot meet the targets they’ve agreed to as the Greens will demand, without massive expense and higher unemployment. Indeed it is unlikely that even if the Greens got their way would there be much reduction in emissions anyway.
    Voters will turn to those parties not in the Coalition, and some already know this. The turkeys may vote for Christmas but the Coalition won’t last.

  4. tom0mason says:

    Hard decisions, keep with virtue signalling and crony capitalism, or lose jobs and votes — what to do?

  5. oldbrew says:

    October 31st, 2017 by James Ayre

    Government coalition formation talks in Germany between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), the Free Democrats (FDP), and the Greens have been stalling on the issues of climate change and immigration policies — with 11 hours of talks leading to a failure “to find much common ground” on the subjects, reportedly.
    . . .
    To oversimplify things a bit, you could consider Merkel’s running platform to be the “keep things going as they are until my generation dies” group; the FDP to be “pro unregulated and potentially harmful business,” and the Greens to be focused on climate change in the coalition talks.

    On the subject of climate change mitigation efforts, the Greens are arguing for a rapid phaseout of coal-fired power plants, while the other two possible coalition partners seem to be steadfastly pro-coal.