German election: Expert analyses threat of ‘fake news’

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The party announced last week that they had held a good first round of talks with the Liberal Free Democrats (FDP) and plan to meet them again as they look to draw up a coalition. This comes after the Social Democrats (SPD) won the election by a narrow margin, and they are now seeking partners to form a majority with. 

Lisa Badum, a Greens member of the Bundestag since 2017, told that she hopes to enter collaborative talks with the UK to facilitate international cooperation on climate change when powers will meet at COP26, the climate summit that will be held in Glasgow in November.

She said: “We have to work together and the UK is hosting the COP this year so there will be a lot of discussion about the UK’s approach to energy politics and travel politics.

“I appreciate the proposal also to end fossil cars earlier which is one of the targets of the UK, which has a target of 2030 and I really support that.“

Ms Badum also praised the UK’s ambitious climate goals, particularly the UK’s plan to completely phase out coal from 1 October 2024.

She said: “I think it’s a great step for the UK, it is very important to block coal.”

Energy and Climate Change Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced the move back in June 2021 that is part of a wider plan to phase out fossil fuels and decarbonise the power sector to help Britain reach net zero carbon emissions by their 2050 target.

Ms Trevelyan said: “Coal powered the industrial revolution 200 years ago, but now is the time for radical action to completely eliminate this dirty fuel from our energy system.”

But Germany’s deadline set by current Chancellor Angela Merkel to eliminate coal from its power system is far less ambitious than the UK’s target.

Ms Badum slammed Merkel’s target of 2038.

She told “I think it’s too late, we have to do this much earlier. The Green’s have a target of 2030 which is a big difference.

“And the climate goals of the EU don’t even allow members to have a large amount of coal after 2030 in the mix, so from the European level what she decided isn’t even possible.”

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EU regulation states that all Europe’s coal plants must close before 2030 in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change that was adopted by 196 parties after it was drawn up at the COP 21 summit held in Paris in 2015.

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