In Brief: Germany’s production of clean energy reaches a new half-year record, and more headlines

The German government bans arms exports to nations outside of NATO or the EU. In other news, Germany’s production of clean energy reaches a new half-year record of 44%, but the federal energy office says it’s not enough to reach energy goals. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

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The German Government has tightened the rules for the export of war weapons and other military equipment. Effective immediately, small arms may no longer be exported to countries outside of NATO nations or the EU.

In addition, more controls are to be placed on where exported weapons from Germany remain. The new rules also apply to technologies used to set up arms factories abroad.


According to Germany’s Federal Association for Energy and Water Management clean energy production has reached a new half-year record. In the last six months, the share of electricity from wind and solar power has risen to 44 percent.

In comparison, in the first half of 2018, renewable energy accounted for 39 percent of Germany’s electricity consumption. The association says the new record was mainly due to favorable weather with strong winds and abundant sunshine but that more investment is needed to meet Germany’s clean energy goals.


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