“Germany prefers to protect the diesel instead of the climate”
EU environment ministers want to find a compromise on future car emission limits today, but car giant and Energiewende pioneer Germany creates confusion instead of playing a leading role in the negotiations, write Markus Becker and Gerald Traufetter on Spiegel Online. While environment minister Svenja Schulze says publicly that a 30 percent CO2 reduction by 2030 is not enough, Angela Merkel’s Chancellery has put intense pressure on other EU countries to back the weaker target, diplomats and insiders told Spiegel Online.
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