In Brief: Germany’s finance ministry announces new tax measures that make train travel cheaper and flying pricier

In a statement, Germany’s Finance Minister Olaf Scholz highlighted some of the new tax new measures, including making train travel cheaper by reducing the value-added tax while at the same time increasing the tax rates on airline tickets.

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Germany’s finance ministry has announced tax measures that bolster commitments made in the country’s “Climate Action Programme 2030.”

In a statement, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz highlighted some of the new measures, including making train travel cheaper by reducing the value-added tax while at the same time increasing the tax rates on airline tickets.

Scholz also talked about how the government can encourage people to make more climate-friendly decisions when they’re renovating buildings, like for example, installing new heating systems that emit less CO2.

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New details have emerged in the investigation into the fatal car crash in September that left four dead in Berlin Mitte.

According to the public prosecutor’s office in Berlin, the driver of the Porsche SUV suffered a seizure before accelerating the vehicle to 104 kilometers per hour. The office assumes he was taking medication on a regular basis.

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The BVG is piloting a system that takes the guesswork out of how crowded your train will be.

The software works like this: wagons are equipped with 360-degree video technology that detects how many people are inside. That information is then sent to stations where digital screens hang overhead on platforms. The screens let passengers know if there is a lot of space left, a moderate amount, or hardly any space in each respective car.

BVG spokeswoman Petra Nelken said for now, this is only a test.

“We want to see for ourselves if this works and if it does, then we would like to introduce a kind of system so that passengers on the platform can know how crowded the approaching subway train will be,” Nelken said.

The system is first being piloted at the Bundestag U-Bahn station where the U55 line runs.

This news is brought to you in cooperation with Berliner Rundfunk.