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both the UK and Germany (the countries of focus of this analysis), and likely in other 1.1 THE FRAMEWORK countries, the challenges lie in: The war in Ukraine has brought to the • n avigating the practical, on the ground, fore what have always been government country-by-country implementation given priorities in the energy market. [...] The UK, on the other hand, has none of the decentralisation of the German system with much power concentrated with the Prime Minister and the Treasury. [...] In both the environmental movement has been the UK and Germany, all the major political successful in pushing climate issues to the parties have defined environmental policies top of the discussions in the political agenda. [...] There is little or no power in the regions This interconnectedness – the sheer (except for the devolved nations) and each complexity of the impacts of the subsidies department of state is subordinated to – makes it a fiendishly difficult subject for the collective decisions of the cabinet – as public policy in practice. [...] For instance, the Labour Party’s recently announced a ‘green prosperity plan’, aimed at ‘tackling the climate head on, and using it to create the jobs, the industries and the opportunities of the future.’17 THE NARRATIVE IS STARTING TO SHIFT TO ONE THAT PRESENTS THE GREEN TRANSITION AS AN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY 17 youth-climate-activists-influenced-l.