Trittin wins battle over renewable energy

Germany's Green environment minister to take over responsibility for renewables from economics ministry

Jürgen Trittin, Germany's environment minister, will take over responsibility for promoting renewable energy from the economics ministry, it was announced today. This marks an important victory for Mr Trittin and his Green party in coalition talks with its stronger partner, the Social Democrats (SPD).

The SPD's newly appointed minister for economics and labour, Wolfgang Clement, said he would relinquish control of the two departments in charge of renewable energy, in order to avoid a prolonged dispute over the issue. He will retain responsibility over other energy sources, such as coal and nuclear.

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