German parties finalise deal for government

SPD-Green compromise package confirms strengthening of environmental policy positions

Germany's Social Democrat and Green parties are ready to return to full-time government after finalising a coalition agreement following last month's elections. The deal includes some stronger environmental policy positions, though the current programme of annual energy tax rises is to be halted.

Buoyed by their best ever election result, the Greens have won further responsibilities for their three ministers, including promotion of renewable energy, which passes to the environment ministry (EED 10/10/02). Jürgen Trittin remains environment minister and Renate Künast keeps control of agriculture and food.

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