Germany struggles to reconcile green goals with reality

Green activists in Germany blocking railway tracks near a coal mine during a protest for action against climate change yesterday.
Green activists in Germany blocking railway tracks near a coal mine during a protest for action against climate change yesterday.PHOTO: REUTERS

Once a climate pioneer, Berlin now imports coal and may be unable to meet emission goals

Just a few years ago, Germany was at the forefront of the fight against climate change. Its leader was even called "the climate chancellor".

Dr Angela Merkel used all her political capital to introduce measures that were unique in the European Union and worldwide.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 23, 2019, with the headline 'Germany struggles to reconcile green goals with reality'. Print Edition | Subscribe