In Brief: Should air traffic taxes increase to bear the costs of CO2 emissions?

Find out more about a proposed increase in air traffic tax, a new deal for faster internet on the Berlin underground, and the latest in the case of German Sea-Watch Captain Carola Rackete.

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Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze told the Rheinischen Post that air traffic taxes should be increased to bear the costs of CO2 emissions.

Schulze also said that although a Europe-wide approach is ideal, Germany must move forward instead of waiting for all EU member states “to get on board.”

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Earlier this month, the French Ministry of Transport said they would introduce an eco-tax on airline tickets in 2020, estimating it would raise 180 million euros per year.

The announcement was met with criticism from Air France. The company said the tax increase would put the airline at a competitive disadvantage.


The BVG has signed a contract with Telefónica Deutschland to bring faster internet to people traveling on the Berlin underground.

O2 customers have been able to use LTE internet while in transit since 2016, but the service will now be expanded to Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone customers.

BVG spokesman Markus Falkner told Berliner Rundfunk that faster Internet will be available to users in some areas of Berlin starting this fall.

Falkner said customers will first see faster internet on the U2 line, parts of the U8 and U5 and the Alexanderplatz station in Mitte. He also added the implementation will not affect commuters, as most of the work will be done at night.


German Sea-Watch captain Carola Rackete appeared for a hearing in Sicily on Thursday.

The public prosecutor’s office in Italy has accused Rackete of aiding and abetting illegal immigration and illegal entry into Italian waters.

On Thursday, Rackete appealed to EU leaders.

“I sincerely hope that the European Commission now, after the new election of the parliament, will do their very best to prevent situations like that happening and that all European countries will work together in the future to accept any people which the civilian fleet has rescued,” Rackete said.

In June, Rackete was arrested after docking a ship of rescued migrants in the port of Lampedusa, despite an order from Italian authorities prohibiting her from doing so. She was released from house arrest in early July after an Italian judge ruled she was “doing her duty saving lives.”


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