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The report on the "Energy transition" public consultation will be published. Batho conducted the exercise in good faith (she had the Energy portfolio as part of the Environment ministry), but was, necessarily, in conflict with the powerful fossil fuel and nuclear lobbies.

If the report is buried by Hollande, as seems likely, then it will be time for the Greens to leave the government. The two ministers are doing excellent and important work, but they have no business being in an austerity government which renounces its ecological ambitions.

The bright side is that it allows preparation of the European elections in better conditions.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Jul 5th, 2013 at 11:39:56 AM EST
How stable will the government be if the Greens leave?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jul 5th, 2013 at 06:07:08 PM EST
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The absolute majority in the lower house is 289. The PS has 292 seats. EELV have 17, which makes the coalition majority more comfortable.

If the ecologists pulled out, the government majority would be paper-thin.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jul 6th, 2013 at 02:54:39 AM EST
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count on the PRG grouping too, especially as he drifts rightward. They have 16.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill
by r------ on Sat Jul 6th, 2013 at 10:35:07 AM EST
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The interesting thing about this is that the Greens were not given the Environment ministry, as Delphine Batho is a PS member.

Finance is the brain [tumour] of the economy
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jul 5th, 2013 at 06:11:57 PM EST
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Realpolitik: EELV doesn't weigh enough electorally to be able to make demands. Even the 17 seats they have in the Assemblée Nationale are largely grace and favour constituencies granted by the PS. Hollande showed from the start that the Environment ministry was for the PS.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jul 6th, 2013 at 03:01:45 AM EST
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