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Ugly fight over climate bill exposes cracks in German coalition

By Erika Solomon and Melissa Eddy

31 May 2023 · 5 min read

informed Summary

• Tensions between Germany's three-party coalition government have been building for months, culminating in a public sniping over a bill to reduce fossil fuel emissions from heaters in homes and other buildings.

BERLIN — Germany’s coalition government was always an awkward trio of center-left Social Democrats, climate-conscious Greens and pro-business Free Democrats. Yet in the heady days after their election victory in 2021, the parties vowed to stick to a tradition of consensus-driven politics, keeping the drama behind closed doors.

Those doors have now swung open.

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