Germany's centre-left SPD will take over the environment ministry in a government led by Conservative chancellor Angela Merkel, the two sides agreed on Monday. The ministry will continue to lead on renewable energy, strengthening the likelihood that existing policies will be continued, it also emerged.
Edmund Stoiber, leader of the centre-right CSU party will head the economics ministry, also charged with energy policy apart from renewable energy. Outgoing Green environment minister Jürgen Trittin wrested control of renewables from the economics ministry in 2001.
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