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Merkel Bloc Tries to Regain Momentum With Climate Overhaul

  • Cabinet approves updated climate protection law on Wednesday
  • Greens are leading in most polls ahead of September’s election
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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition is pushing through more ambitious legislation to tackle climate change as Germany’s two ruling parties seek to seize back the initiative from the Greens ahead of September’s national election.

With the vote just over four months away and the Greens leading in opinion polls, Merkel’s conservative bloc and her Social Democrat junior partners are seeking to recover from a court ruling last month, which determined a 2019 law put young people’s future rights at risk by postponing most emissions cuts until after 2030.