Germany's so-called "energy revolution" away from nuclear power is progressing, but there are complications which will make it a hotly contested issue in this year's election.
Germany's push for renewable energy has dominated coalition talks in Berlin on forming its next government. At issue is how to restrain electricity price hikes while shifting from fossil fuels to wind and solar power.
At the Free Democrats' convention, party head Philipp Rösler attacked rival parties, but also criticized his coalition partners led by Angela Merkel. Rösler hopes to see Merkel shift on citizenship law and gay marriage.
Germany is to introduce a cap on the surcharge consumers are forced to pay their electricity bills to finance a move from the use of fossil fuels to renewables. The move follows a major increase at the start of 2013.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has unveiled the remaining ministers in her third cabinet. While her party has kept the ministries of defense and finance, its junior coalition partner will take labor and foreign affairs.
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