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Germany's pick and mix

The country’s political parties are vying to see what aspects of their various energy policies they can squeeze into a coalition package

On 24 September, when Germans went to the polls to choose the 19th Bundestag, they probably didn't imagine how decisive their vote might be for the future of their country's energy mix. According to opinion polls, Germans overwhelmingly support the current Energiewende (literally meaning energy transition) away from nuclear power and towards renewables, but the topic was barely discussed during the campaign. However, as Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democratic Union/ Christian Social Union won with the lowest support it's received since 1949, her only option to secure a majority was to begin negotiating a coalition deal with the liberal Free Democratic Party and the Greens. Needless

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