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Scholz’s Coalition Is at Odds Over Germany’s Energy-Rescue Costs

  • Finance chief contradicts counterpart over Uniper funding
  • Disputed gas levy is at the heart of government tensions
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Conflicts have emerged in Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s ruling coalition over financing the government’s effort to stave off a collapse of Germany’s energy sector. 

Finance Minister Christian Lindner took a swipe at Economy Minister Robert Habeck over plans to pay for the deal to nationalize gas giant Uniper SE. Lindner, the fiscal hawk who leads the business-friendly Free Democrats, disputed Habeck’s assertions that there are still issues to be ironed out over funding for the bailout.