A recent YouGov survey for Handelsblatt finds 55% of Germans are in favor of introducing a carbon tax. In other news, France is implementing an eco-tax on airline tickets in 2020 – a tax the government expects will generate around 180 million euros a year.
A new analysis shows Berlin workers handed over nearly 786 million euros worth of unpaid overtime to employers. A new campaign #Fairdient wants to put a stop to unpaid overtime in Germany and prevent an increase in the legal maximum daily working hours. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
SPD leadership says the dissatisfaction over the nomination of CDU politician Ursula von der Leyen as EU Commission President won’t break Germany’s coalition government. In other news, Germany’s Federal High Court rules Deutsche Umwelthilfe, or Environmental Action Germany, can continue to issue cease and desist warnings and sue as a consumer protection agency. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
In a press release, Berlin police reminded people that the same blood-alcohol limits apply for operating an e-scooter as they do for driving a car. There have been eight e-scooter related traffic accidents since the introduction of e-scooters in Berlin, many involving alcohol. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
As an alternative to Hartz IV, Berlin plans to pilot “solidarisches Grundeinkommen” or a solidarity basic income for 1,000 unemployed people over five years. In other news, governing Mayor Michael Müller hoisted a rainbow flag outside of the Rotes Rathaus on Monday, signifying the start of “Berlin Pride Weeks.” Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.