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.
Though there’s been a reversal in the verdict against gynecologist Kristina Hänel for the “advertisement” of abortion, her legal battles are not yet over. In other news, the German Farmers’ Association reports they’re expecting a grain harvest that’s just below average this year.
Current German Defense Minister and CDU politician Ursula von der Leyen has been nominated as the next EU Commission president, a move which has angered leading politicians in the SPD, FDP, and the Greens. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.