In Brief: Environmental groups criticize Germany’s new plan to reduce CO2 emissions

Environmental groups and Germany’s Green Party have criticized the Government's new plan to reduce the country’s CO2 emissions.

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On Friday, Germany’s coalition government agreed on a new plan to reduce the country’s CO2 emissions.

Environmental groups and Germany’s Green Party have criticized the plan. Michael Schäfer, of the World Wide Fund for Nature, said the measures will not be enough to reach Germany’s 2030 climate goals.

He said: “The government’s climate protection plan is half-hearted when it comes to taxing CO2. Once again, they have postponed taking concrete steps for reaching the climate goals they set themselves. And they completely failed with regard to fostering renewables.”

Germany’s Green party has called for the plan to be reworked. But the liberal FDP party said it will block the deal if too many concessions are made to the Greens.




The world’s oldest travel agency, Thomas Cook, has declared bankruptcy.

Now 22,000 employees face an uncertain future. Hundreds of thousands of vacationers worldwide are affected– including 140,000 Germans currently stranded abroad.

Thomas Cook CEO Peter Fankhauser publicly apologized to the company’s customers, employees, suppliers and partners.

German Thomas Cook subsidiary Condor, meanwhile, has said it will continue operating. The company has requested an emergency loan from the German state.



The first ever German to fly to space, Sigmund Jähn, passed away Saturday.

Jähn became a hero in the GDR after returning from his 1978 space mission. He had spent almost 8 days aboard the Soviet Salyut 6 space station. Berlin mayor Michael Müller praised Jähn as a “courageous man” and “a pioneer.” Jähn was an honorary citizen of Berlin. He died at the age of 82.

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