In Brief: Germany’s High Court rules Deutsche Umwelthilfe can continue to sue as a consumer protection agency

SPD leadership says the dissatisfaction over the nomination of CDU politician Ursula von der Leyen as EU Commission President won’t break Germany’s coalition government. In other news, Germany’s Federal High Court rules Deutsche Umwelthilfe, or Environmental Action Germany, can continue to issue cease and desist warnings and sue as a consumer protection agency. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

Managing Director of Deutsche Umwelthilfe: Jürgen Resch, Barbara Metz, Sascha Müller-Kraenner (from left) (c) DUH

 

 

Several SPD politicians have made their dissatisfaction clear since the announcement of Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen’s nomination as EU Commission President. Still, Germany’s SPD leadership says the issue is not a reason to break the coalition government. Provisional SPD leader Malu Dreyer spoke in an interview with German broadcaster ZDF.

Meanwhile, von der Leyen has held initial talks at the EU level.

In Strasbourg on Wednesday, Von der Leyen said after a long and difficult election season it’s essential to show unity now. She also said expressing mutual passion for the importance of Europe in the world must be more audible and visible.

The final vote on von der Leyen’s nomination for EU Commission President will be held in mid-July.

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In other news, Germany’s Federal High Court has ruled Deutsche Umwelthilfe, or Environmental Action Germany, can continue to issue cease and desist warnings and sue as a consumer protection agency.

A car dealer had accused the nonprofit organization of abuse of rights, and bringing lawsuits only to make a profit.

According to its own information, the environmental organization conducts about 400 court cases a year, including lawsuits related to the diesel scandal. Funds awarded through lawsuits account for about a quarter of the organization’s annual earnings.

 

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