Time for Germany to 'acclimatise' to ending fossil fuels – or take a ruinous road to nowhere

Coalition government outlines ambitious plan for decarbonised economy

Germany’s new coalition has vowed to reform planning law  to cut the six years on average it takes to plan and build a new wind energy park. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Germany’s new coalition has vowed to reform planning law to cut the six years on average it takes to plan and build a new wind energy park. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Robert Habeck looked – and sounded – like a trainee undertaker during his first Bundestag address as Germany’s new minister for economics and climate protection.

In an ill-fitting black suit, white shirt and black tie, Mr Habeck spoke without notes and delivered a brief, calm eulogy on the era of fossil fuel prosperity.

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