GERMANY’S Green Party has signalled that it may drop environmental pledges to get into government with Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats.
Co-leader Cem Ozdemir told the Stuttgarter Zeitung in an interview published yesterday that the Greens may ditch their demands to shut coal-burning power stations — Germany’s main electricity source — and ban new oil-burning cars by 2030.
Ms Merkel’s party is attempting to piece together a coalition with the liberal Free Democrats and the Greens.
Her former Social Democratic Party (SPD) partners have refused to renew their deal because the coalition led to their worst election result since the second world war. However, the SPD shows no sign of shifting its policies to the left.
If the Greens drop their environmental commitments — which were in line with measures needed to halt climate catastrophe — they may prove a good fit, having previously been derided as “neoliberals with wind farms.”