Thursday, September 21, 2017

Future of Germany’s coal sector hangs on elections

Three in four Germans want to phase out coal. If Merkel wins, which seems likely, then she'll have to deliver, writes Arne Jungjohann

If Angela Merkel is to win another term in Germany’s upcoming election on September 24, then winning the western state of North-Rhine/Westphalia (NRW) will be essential.

NRW is the country’s most populous state, making up a fifth of the electorate. It’s also the epicentre of another political tussle: What to do about Germany’s coal sector?