“Special burden on the German economy” – CDU dispute over climate goals

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Timo Wollmershauser, head of the Munich Ifo Institute, sees a severe recession in the future. But it should not last. Dietmar Deffner spoke to Wollmershauser about the future prospects. Source: WELT / Dietmar Deffner


In view of the economic downturn caused by the Corona crisis, the CDU economic council has called for a review of the climate requirements. After the end of the pandemic, “in principle all special burdens on the German economy would have to be put to the test, which would stand in the way of a recovery,” said Secretary General of the Council, Wolfgang Steiger, of the “Suddeutsche Zeitung”.


According to the Federal Environment Agency, drastic cuts are necessary to achieve the German climate goals in transport. All privileges for company cars and diesel fuels, for example, would have to be removed, including the commuter allowance.


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According to the Federal Environment Agency, drastic cuts are necessary to achieve the German climate goals in transport. All privileges for company cars and diesel fuels, for example, would have to be removed, including the commuter allowance.


A special path in climate and energy policy threatens “de-industrialization” in Germany, Steiger warned in the newspaper. He also advocated a “timely extension of the climate policy targets” at EU level.


Wolfgang Steiger, Secretary General of the CDU Economic Council Source: dpa / Michael Hanschke


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Wolfgang Steiger, Secretary General of the CDU Economic Council Source: dpa / Michael Hanschke


Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (CDU), on the other hand, called for the climate protection goals to be pursued despite the crisis. The goal must be to combine “climate protection and economic prosperity” after the Corona crisis, she told the Suddeutsche Zeitung.

This is possible “if we also use the way out of the Corona crisis to promote climate-friendly and sustainable economic structures”.

Greenpeace hopes for changes

Greenpeace chief Jennifer Morgan expressed in the newspaper the hope that after the experience of the corona crisis, politics “will also begin to listen to the scientists and implement their recommendations in the climate crisis.” The pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of the current economic system and there is now an opportunity to change things fundamentally, Morgan said.

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