Boris Johnson will be left red-faced at COP26 in wake of German election | World | News

In the COP26 manifesto, it says the UK is “committed to working with all countries and joining forces with civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to inspire climate action” – but as ever, it is the political climate that could impact the success of this mission.

There is a very high chance that, at the time of COP26, Germany will be in the throws of lengthy and contentious coalition negotiations after what is expected to be a fractious election result on September 26.

This will result in a caretaker government for some months, likely to be presided over by Angela Merkel, even though no real power will be held by her any longer.

Speaking to, Economist Intelligence’s Principal Economist and German analyst, Emily Mansfield, said this “lack of permanent leadership” would “limit the ability of the [EU] to engage effectively with the UK”.

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