Germany’s Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen Replaced


Norbert Roettgen, Germany's federal environment minister, has been removed from his post, according to a Reuters report.

Roettgen co-introduced controversial reductions to solar feed-in-tariff (FIT) levels in Germany earlier this year. Most recently, a group of federal states moved to block his plans for reducing solar FITs. The federal and state governments are currently working on a compromise – a process that could take several months.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to name parliamentary whip Peter Almaier the new environment minister. The move follows a poor showing for Merkel and Roettgen's conservative Christian Democrats party in a recent German election. Roettgen has reportedly accepted the blame for the defeat.

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