In Brief: German Environment Agency wants to make driving cars with high CO2 emissions more expensive

According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority, SUV registration in Germany was up 15.6% last month (as compared to July 2018).

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The German Environment Agency wants to make driving cars with high emissions more expensive. The agency’s president Maria Krautzberger has proposed raising the vehicle tax for cars with high CO2 emissions, like certain SUVs. At the same time, Krautzberger wants to incentivize people to buy cars with lower emissions.

According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority, the number of SUVs registered in Germany last month was 15.6% higher than in July of 2018.

The agency also wants to get rid of subsidies for diesel engines at a time when more and more cars with diesel engines are being sold.

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Experts say the integration of refugees into Germany’s workforce is happening faster than expected.

One researcher from the Institute for Employment Research told the newspapers of the Redaktionsnetzwerks Deutschland that by fall, he expects 40 percent of refugees of working age will be employed.

The institute says there are currently a large number of refugees employed as temporary workers at relatively low wages, in cleaning, construction, security and the service industry.

 

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