German Coalition Agreement 2018 Text

The repeated appearance of the phrase “We want…” ” in the text, leaves a lot of room for future interpretations. Nor should substantial changes in energy policy be expected. At present, Germany is not meeting its internal targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the planned rate (by 40% by 2020) or the European targets of increasing the share of renewable energy sources in transport and heat, and Berlin is threatening not to meet these targets with fines. Nevertheless, the coalition partners have not set a deadline for shutting down coal-fired power plants, which has been hotly debated during coalition negotiations between the Christian Democrats, the FDP and the Greens. Due to disputes between the CDU and the SPD, the current coalition agreement does not mention the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The Chancellor`s overall objective was to draw up an action plan for the future government that would guarantee the stability of public opinion for the coming years and create the appropriate conditions for his replacement as head of the CDU to progress effectively, given that he is likely to enter his last legislature. Chaos within the SPD and uncertainty over the outcome of party members` vote on coalition formation undermined Merkel`s narrative that the Grand Coalition would mean more political stability than a minority government, for example. . . .