Thursday, September 26, 2013

Merkel's Reelection and German Green Energy Issues

On Sunday September 21, ruling German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a champion of renewable energy, won a historic third term in office with an overwhelming victory for her ruling conservative Christian Democrats. Merkel is now set to eclipse Margaret Thatcher as Europe’s longest serving head of government.

Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) won over 41 per cent of the vote, representing an increase of 8 per cent over Germany’s last general election in 2009. The election results give the party 311 seats in the Bundestag which is just five short of an absolute majority.

Ms Merkel will have to address some difficult issues on the environmental front. Her government's extensive reliance green sources of energy leave some expressing concerns about the eventual cost consumers. Along with her party, she will also have to deal with the very expensive decision abandon Germany’s dependence on nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

The Green Party's representation in the Bundestag declined as German voters appeared to reject its platform premised on tax increases. They won only 8 per cent of the vote, a significant decline from the preceding elections.

The biggest blow was dealt to Merkels coalition partners for the past four years, the pro-business, liberal Free Democrat Party (FDP). They were ousted from the German parliament for the first time since 1949 after one of their worst election performances on record, securing just 4.8 per cent of the vote.

Ms Merkel now faces the prospect of forming a coalition government with the opposition Social Democrats, who have 192 seats, or the environmentalist Greens, who won 63 seats.

© 2013, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

Related Posts
The Growth of Global Solar Energy
The Sustainability Yearbook 2013
CDP Identifies Germany as the Global Sustainability Leader
Top Ten Companies in the 2012 Carbon Disclosure Project Report
Global Carbon Rankings 2011
The 10 Leading Wind Energy Countries Renewable Energy in 2012
Germany and the Global Competition for EV Supremacy
Germany Abandons Nuclear for Coal?
Merkel and Harper: Two Opposing Energy Visions of Energy
Global Clean Energy Investment
Clean Tech Job Trends 2010 Report
The World's Greenest Companies
Global Green New Deal
European Elections and Sustainable Development
Geothermal Energy Market Review and Forecasts for 2012

No comments: