Economics Minister Rösler Backs Environment Minister Regarding Energy Prices

Just days after Conservative Environment Minister Peter Altmaier declared the affordability of electricity for consumers and the industry his highest priority, his colleague Liberal Economics Minister Philipp Rösler followed suit using almost identical words and also speaking in an interview with the tabloid Bild.

The energy policy shift had to be implemented with a sense of proportion (“mit Augenmaß”), Mr Rösler told Bild. “The time schedule and the energy policy objectives have been set, but we have to make adjustments in case jobs or our competitiveness are at risk”, he added.

This has given rise to speculations that the government slowly may want to backtrack on the energy policy shift away from nuclear power towards a renewable energy supply initiated after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Japan last year.

The influential magazine Der Spiegel ran a headline saying the government was diluting its energy policy goals. “Rösler too doubts time schedule for energy policy shift”, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine and the public television channel ZDF commented.

In view of the short comments of both ministers and the upcoming political summer break it seems too early to draw precise conclusions from the ministerial interviews, yet they seem to indicate that the government is trying to prepare the public for a slower implementation of the energy policy shift. How the government wants to reign in the skyrocketing cost remains, however, unclear.

Source: Spiegel; Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung; ZDF/Tagesschau

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