When the Exit?

The Difficult Politics of German Coal

in German Politics and Society
View More View Less
  • 1 Georgetown University
  • | 2 Georgetown University
Restricted access

This article considers Germany’s contentious exit from brown coal (lignite), now set for 2038. While greener alternatives, such as wind, solar, or natural gas have been reducing coal’s standing in Germany’s energy mix for years, coal proponents, backed by special interests, have pushed back at all levels of government. With a focus on the politics of coal during the 2017 parliamentary elections, the tedious months of coalition negotiations and the work of the coal committee since summer 2018, we explore how policymakers try to reconcile competing interests at the federal state, local, as well as international levels.


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 310 144 16
Full Text Views 117 13 0
PDF Downloads 91 20 0