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German election 2021: the climate election?

How the environmental crisis could play a significant role in the upcoming German federal election.

This fifth episode of the Germany Elects podcast, which will be the last before Germany’s federal election on Sunday 26 September, focuses on how the German election works and whether this has been the country’s first “climate election”.

Jeremy Cliffe is joined by Emily Tamkin to explain the electoral system, the results and possible coalitions, and takes a quick-fire round of You Ask Us listener questions.

Then he is joined by Sven Egenter, the editor-in-chief of Clean Energy Wire and Philippa Nuttall, the New Statesman’s environment and sustainability editor, to discuss Germany’s climate policies, how the party manifestos shape up and how the climate crisis has marked the campaign.

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Further reading

Philippa Nuttall on why Angela Merkel did not live up to her reputation as the “climate chancellor

Jeremy Cliffe on Angela Merkel’s historical legacy

Read all the New Statesman‘s German election coverage, including its election night live blog, here.

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