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Germany's Energiewende at a Crossroads

Jonas Heering and Thane Gustafson

Germany's Energiewende (energy transition) is in trouble. On 20 September 2019, following an 18-hour-long summit of the so-called climate cabinet, Germany's governing coalition announced that it had agreed on the basic structure of a new climate

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Where to Now?

Germany Rethinks its Energy Transition

Josephine Moore and Thane Gustafson

Eighteen years after the adoption of the Renewable Energy Sources Act ( Erneuerbare Energien Gesetz or eeg ), German political and business leaders are re-examining the foundations of the Energiewende (Energy Transition), reconsidering its

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Making Space for Sanctions

The Economics of German Natural Gas Imports from Russia, 1982 and 2014 Compared

Stephen G. Gross

dependency became a topic of heated debate. Both foreign policy crises, moreover, came during one of Germany’s major energy transitions—“ weg vom Öl ” in 1981 and the Energiewende of the early 2010s. Finally, both the early 1980s and 2014 were periods of

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The Energiewende, a German Success Story?

Stephen Milder

(Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2017). In March 2015, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier noted that the word Energiewende had been adopted in languages from Indonesian to Spanish, and might soon be as well-known as another beloved German

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Book Reviews

Helga Druxes, Christopher Thomas Goodwin, Catriona Corke, Carol Hager, Sabine von Mering, Randall Newnham, and Jeff Luppes

German political landscape since the 1960s and has been arguably critically important for modernizing economic and political governance in Germany. Take the example of energy. One cannot explain Germany’s famed Energiewende without mentioning the

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Green Politics, Expertise, and Democratic Discourse in the Two Germanies, 1989-2019

Carol Hager

antinuclear activists had founded the Eco-Institute in Freiburg in 1977, which first coined the term “Energiewende” (energy turning point). At the time of its founding, there was no real place at universities or established research institutions for experts

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When the Exit?

The Difficult Politics of German Coal

Tessa Coggio and Thane Gustafson

tank dedicated to Germany's Energiewende, refuted claims that coal was indispensable for Germany's energy security by pointing to the country's growing power exports, much of which is generated with coal. According to the study, the abundant

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The Shifting Role of Climate Change in the 2021 Bundestag Election

Carol Hager

As the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world, united Germany has played an important role in meeting European and global climate change mitigation ambitions through its early commitment to the Energiewende , the transition

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Sticking to Her Guns or Going with the Flow

Assessing Rigidity and Flexibility in Angela Merkel's Political Decision Making

Christian Schnee

Lorenzo and Bernd Ulrich), Zeit online , 12 May 2011; available at , accessed 10 January 2018. 44 Christoph Seil, “Angela Merkel, die Atompartei und die Energiewende,” Der Tagesspiegel , 12

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Sabine von Mering, Luke B. Wood, J. Nicholas Ziegler, John Bendix, Marcus Colla, and Alexander Dilger

“Germany's Energy Revolution.” In 2016, Carol Hager and Christoph Stefes published Energy Transition. A Comparative Perspective , and Arne Jungjohann and Craig Morris came out with Energy Democracy. Germany's Energiewende to Renewables. Both devote a