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German Greens Drop Car And Coal Policies In Coalition Talks With Merkel

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The Guardian

Decision to drop key issues welcomed by other negotiating parties but criticised by some supporters

Angela Merkel is followed through a glass corridor by the Green party co-leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt
 Angela Merkel is followed through a glass corridor by the Green party co-leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt during the coalition talks. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

The party’s decision to back down on its insistence over a ban on combustion engines and the closing down of coal-fired power plants was welcomed by the other negotiating parties as paving the way for official negotiations to begin.

But the news was met with disgruntlement by some Green supporters, who fear the party’s leaders are in danger of watering down some of their core environmental policies in return for entering government.

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