The German Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) does not want the EU to ban the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines from 2035. Germany will not go along with these plans. “I have therefore decided that I in the Federal Government, that we in the Federal Government, will not agree to this European legislation,” he said at Industry Day in Berlin. Openness to technology is an essential part of the market economy.
Linder’s colleague from the Green Party naturally sees things differently. A spokesman for Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke has already announced: “The federal government fully supports the proposal of the Commission and the European Parliament to only allow new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with zero-emission drives from 2035.” The FDP is regularly in open conflict with the coalition partners of the SPD and the green. The parliamentary vote will show how the German coalition ultimately decides.