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Right-wing gains could spell trouble for science

The electoral success of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party means that, for the first time, opposition to Germany’s transition to renewable energy will be voiced in parliament.

The anti-Islam AfD will be the first far-right party in the German parliament since the 1960s, having won 12.6 per cent of the vote and become the country’s third-largest party.

AfD opposes the energy transition, a national plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by moving to renewable energy sources. It has also claimed that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s reports are “not scientifically solid”, and that renewable energy wastes money and is harmful to the environment.

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