Three in four Germans want to phase out coal. If Merkel wins the elections, which seems likely, then she’ll have to deliver. Continue Reading
The scope of the next government’s ambition for the Energiewende depends on the constellation of its coalition although the shift to a renewables-based economy is not at stake. In an interview with Clean Energy Wire, I talk about controversial issues, voter mobilization and red lines. Continue Reading
The German Green Party has succeeded in taking over governmental responsibility in the majority of the 16 German federal states. However, in order to remain successful – also in view of the upcoming federal elections – a sober look at the factors which led to the success and which will continue to do so in the future is required. How exactly do the Greens govern? How does government participation change the decision-making processes and the political objectives of a party? How does good cooperation between those responsible in federal and state government function? Continue Reading
Energy experts often argue about the best path forward, transitioning to a truly sustainable economy. Many see Germany with its Energiewende leading this transition. But, assuming the observation is correct, why so? Why is Germany moving faster than, let’s say, the United States? One of the factors which is often mentioned is the political system. Do parties matter? is an old, but nevertheless highly current question of political scientists around the world. So what was, and is the role of the German Green Party in the Energiewende?