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.

Please sign in to access this article. To subscribe, view our subscription options, or take out a free trial.

Please enter your details

Forgotten password?

Having trouble signing in?

Contact Customer Support at
or call 020 8267 8120

Not a subscriber?

Take a free trial now to discover the critical insights and updates our coverage offers subscribers.