The failure late Sunday night of exploratory talks for a new federal government coalition in Germany was triggered by the neoliberal FDP and “came as a big surprise to the other parties,” the Green Party has said.
Close to midnight when agreement seemed close, FDP party representatives abruptly left the talks with the conservative CDU/CSU and Green Party. FDP party chief Christian Lindner then read a press announcement that it was “better not to govern than to govern wrongly”.
Policies around climate targets are believed to have played an important part in derailing the talks. NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) said that the conservative CDU/CSU sister parties and the FDP showed they were not willing to implement the concrete measures needed to meet their own internationally agreed climate protection targets.
Several controversial environment-related items were on the coalition talks agenda, including the phaseout of coal-fired power plants, rising transport emissions and air quality in cities.
“Citizens‘ pressure and court decisions will now have to ensure people‘s basic ecological rights to climate protection, clean air in cities and healthy food from agriculture in harmony with nature,“ the NGO added.
DUH has launched legal proceedings on air quality in tens of German cities. A handful of rulings so far have upheld the NGO’s complaints.
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