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Merkel Rejects EU Probe of Germany’s Green Discounts

Chancellor Angela Merkel warned the European Union against undermining German industry, saying its review of aid to companies for energy bills may put jobs at risk.

Merkel, in the first speech of her third term, defended her government’s practice of granting discounts on a clean-energy fee to companies that use a lot of energy. She and her new economy and energy minister, Sigmar Gabriel, will “communicate very clearly” to the European Commission that Germany needs competitive industry, Merkel said.