Germany’s prospective coalition partners are preparing to abandon the country’s 2020 target for carbon emission cuts, in an embarrassing setback for Chancellor Angela Merkel. A shift in stance would show the potential coalition partners bowing to what has seemed inevitable. Recent estimates from government experts showed Berlin was on course to miss its target by about eight percentage points without drastic action over the next two years. RND said the sides had agree d measures to get as close as possible to the 2020 objectives. They said a commission would present a plan this year on a gradual phase-out of coal-fired power plants. Campaigners argue that the easiest way to cut harmful greenhouse gas emissions would be to shut more such plants. But that would hit coal-dependent regions in eastern Germany and in North Rhine-Westphalia that are currently governed by the CDU and the SPD.
FT 9th Jan 2018 read more »