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Merkel election win signals an energy policy rethink

Germany's renewable energy policy has pushed up consumer bills, but carbon emissions have also increased over recent years

Angela Merkel has swept to victory in the German federal elections in late September, winning a third term as the country’s chancellor. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party gained 41.5% of the vote - its highest level of support in almost two decades. As Petroleum Economist went to press Merkel was in talks with the Social Democrats to form a new coalition government. When the makeup of the new coalition has been confirmed, a rethink of Germany’s energy policy will be at the top of the government’s agenda. Germany has pursued an ambitious renewable energy policy in recent years which has pushed up consumer’s electricity bills. The country’s carbon emissions have also increased a

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