Europe’s solar industry at war

Industry split by prospect of EU action against China.

When Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, arrived in Beijing on 30 August last year, rumours were swirling that the European Commission was about to launch an investigation into China’s solar-panel industry. Merkel took up the issue publicly, saying that it would be best to avoid a trade war. For a moment, the concerns of the Chinese – and in Europe’s solar industry – were allayed. But the Commission pushed on regardless, announcing an investigation on 6 September.

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