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Merkel forced to compromise on 2020 CO2 target in attempt to form government

German chancellor Angela Merkel is set to accept a potentially embarrassing climb down on ambitious carbon reduction targets in order to form the next government.

Merkel offers 7GW coal power capacity cut in bid to win coalition deal

German chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party has offered to cut coal-fired power capacity by 7 GW in a bid to win Green Party agreement to form a coalition government.

Merkel plans coal power phase-out after 2017 election

Germany plans to announce the phase out of its coal-fired power generation sector after the 2017 elections.

Merkel shoots down payments to gas and coal power utilities

Chancellor Angela Merkel has told a convention organised by the German Renewable Energy Federation (BFE) that she is not in favour of capacity markets.

Merkel rules out German nuclear ‘bad bank’

Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out the possibility of utilities handing over responsibility for decommissioning Germany's nuclear power plants to a new public foundation where taxpayers would assume liability.

Merkel government approves energy reform law

Reform of Germany's renewable energy sector is to take place after Angela Merkel's government passed legislation on the subject.

Merkel changes her mind on wind subsidies

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has decided to ease cuts in offshore wind subsidies in an attempt to gain support from regional governments for her energy policy.

Merkel dismisses Bavarian moratorium request

German chancellor Angela Merkel has dismissed a call by Bavarian state premier and CSU leader Horst Seehofer to place a moratorium on the construction of major high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission lines slated to cross Germany in coming years.

NGOs back Energiewende and urge Merkel to take climate change initiative

The heads of 24 NGOs have written a joint letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in which they back the Energiewende and urge her to take a lead in Europe over climate change and renewables targets.

Merkel government eases off on renewables to reduce costs

The new German coalition government struck a deal over the weekend on a rough outline for a new renewable policy, which is designed to tackle what Chancellor Angela Merkel calls a "cost explosion".