In Brief: Grand Coalition to meet this Friday to decide on climate protection measures

Ahead of a big climate meeting this Friday, the CDU is pushing for policies that would offer people financial incentives to lower their CO2 output.

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How can Germany achieve its 2030 climate targets? That’s the big question looming over politicians this week.

The Grand Coalition will meet on Friday to discuss and decide on measures.

The CDU is pushing for people to lower their CO2 use by offering them financial incentives. Anyone who buys an energy-efficient household appliance, for example, could get a tax rebate. In addition, train tickets for long-distance travel could become cheaper while tax on certain flights could double.

Malu Dreyer, one of the provisional leaders of the SPD, said CO2-saving incentives must be “realistic.”

“We want to put people in a position where even those with lower incomes can participate in these changes,” said Dreyer.

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Several newspapers are reporting that the Austrian company Signa intends to invest 3.5 billion euros in Berlin over the next few years.

The company has its sights set on a number of projects involving Karstadt and Kaufhof department stores across the city.

Two of the major projects include renovating the Karstadt at Hermannplatz and converting the Kaufhof at Alexanderplatz into a 130-meter high-rise.

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Bavarian politician Karl-Heinz Brunner has withdrawn his candidacy for SPD party leader.

“A large field of candidates makes clear election results more difficult,” Brunner wrote on his website. “That is why I am clearing the way.”

That now leaves seven duos in the race for the SPD leadership.

On Tuesday evening, SPD members will gather here in Berlin. It’s one of 23 conferences happening regionally throughout September and October, designed to give members a chance to get familiar with the candidates.

 

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