In Brief: Some CDU, SPD, Green politicians support raising the value-added tax on meat

Should the blood alcohol limit be changed for people riding e-scooters? SPD parliamentarian and scientist Karl Lauterbach has prompted a discussion. In other news, some CDU, SPD and Green politicians are open to increasing the value-added tax on meat.

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SPD politician Karl Lauterbach wants to talk about changing the blood alcohol content limit for people operating e-scooters.

Currently, the blood alcohol concentration limit is .05% – the same for driving a car. Lauterbach suggested to the Funke Mediengruppe a zero milligram limit might be more appropriate.

Berlin police reported there have been 38 documented traffic accidents in the city since June 15. They said the main causes include drunk driving, improper use of sidewalks, and general carelessness.

The police union is also advocating for change. The head of the union Oliver Malchow said e-scooters should be re-fitted with turn signals.

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The newspaper Welt reports that some CDU, SPD and Green politicians are open to increasing the value-added tax on meat.

Green politician Friedrich Ostendorff told Welt, it doesn’t make sense that meat products are taxed at 7% whereas some beverages like oat milk are taxed at 19%.

German Animal Welfare Federation President Thomas Schröder said if a higher value-added tax is put in place, the revenue should go towards animal welfare.

“In the end we’re talking about a few cents per kilo that someone who buys a schnitzel would hardly notice,” Schröder said.

Politicians in die Linke, the FDP, and the AfD have spoken out against such a tax.

 

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