Uncertain German election result means uncertainty about energy portfolio

After the weekend's election, the make-up of a new German government will likely see internal disagreement on energy policy. The struggle for the post of energy minister could prove decisive.

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All signs point to a so-called "Jamaica" coalition in Germany after Sunday's election. The Social Democrats (SPD), which were reduced by one-fifth to 20.5 percent, have announced that they are withdrawing from the government cooperation with the center-right CDU/CSU, which are thus expected to open negotiations with the Neo-liberal FDP and green party Die Grunen in order to form a new coalition.

Meanwhile energy policy was not top of the agenda during the election campaign and was not at all named in the only debate between Chancellor Angela Merkel and SPD's Martin Schultz. However, energy policy will likely form a major part of coming coalition negotiations. Besides the EU, energy policy is the point at which FDP and Die Grunen (The Green Party) clash most.

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