News
17 Jan 2020, 12:48
Benjamin Wehrmann

Germany's carmakers will need state aid to overcome greatest disruption yet – opinion

Süddeutsche Zeitung

The possible end of combustion engines in the not-so-distant future spells great challenges for Germany's car industry, which is accustomed to success but now could struggle to master the coming disruption without help from the state, Max Hägler writes in an opinion piece for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. "The state has to be a wingman," Hägler says, adding that even with state aid "there won't be a solution for everything." Carmakers and suppliers have begun to make big layoffs in 2019 and the fact that this happened without major protests shows that both the companies and the labour union cannot really see what to do against it. "This shows how dangerous the situation is," Hägler writes. He says Germany's car industry is in a good position to employ the state for help "because there's a lot of know-how and a great readiness to cooperate," and ideas like short-time work or training programmes co-financed with taxpayer money already proved helpful in the 2008 economic crisis. These measures could cost Germany up 20 billion euros. "But it would be well spent," Hägler says.

Following the decision to support mining regions financially during the country's coal exit, industry representatives and employees have already called for public funds to ease the shift in the car industry as well. Given the sector's huge importance for the economy as a whole, supporting the car industry's transition to sustainable mobility has become a top priority for German government.

All texts created by the Clean Energy Wire are available under a “Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0)” . They can be copied, shared and made publicly accessible by users so long as they give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.
« previous news next news »

Ask CLEW

Sven Egenter

Researching a story? Drop CLEW a line or give us a call for background material and contacts.

info@cleanenergywire.org

+49 30 700 1435 212

Journalism for the energy transition

Get our Newsletter
Join our Network
Find an interviewee