No speed limit for German motorways as Greens drop demand in coalition talks

Asia's Tech News Daily

Protesters wearing masks depicting Germany‘s Greens party co-leader Annalena Baerbock, Free Democratic Party (FDP) leader Christian Lindner and Social Democratic Party (SPD) top candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz as politics arrive at a meeting for exploratory talks for a possible new government coalition in Berlin, Germany, October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – ANNEGRET HILSE /REUTERS

Plans to impose a speed limit on German motorways appear to have been defeated for now, after the first details emerged from talks to form a new coalition government on Friday.

The German Greens were able to claim significant victories including a commitment to phase out coal power ahead of schedule and ambitious plans to expand wind power.

But there were also big wins for the centre-Right Free Democrats (FDP), who blocked any tax increases, including controversial proposals for a wealth tax, as well as a speed limit.

Olaf Scholz moved closer to succeeding Angela Merkel and becoming the centre-Left Social Democrats’ (SPD) first chancellor in 15 years as the first week of coalition talks were hailed a success.

Party leaders unveiled a detailed policy paper they say can be a blueprint for a successful three-way coalition between the SPD, Greens and FDP.

“This will probably be the largest industrial modernization project that Germany has carried out for over 100 years,” said Mr Scholz.

The agreement includes commitments to raise the minimum wage to €12 (£10) an hour and replace the current social security system with more generous benefits.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by CLEMENS BILAN/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (12538502ai) Free Democratic Party (FDP) chairman and faction chairman in the German parliament Bundestag Christian Lindner (R) speaks next to Green party (Die Gruenen) co-chairman Robert Habeck (L), Green party (Die Gruenen) co-chairwoman Annalena Baerbock (2-L) and German Minister of Finance and Social Democratic Party (SPD) top candidate for the federal elections Olaf Scholz (3-L) during a statement following exploratory talks between the Free Democrats (FDP), The Greens (Die Gruenen) and the Social Democrats (SPD), in Berlin, Germany, 15 October 2021. Greens, SPD and FDP meet in search for coalition possibilities after Germany’s recent parliamentary election. German exploratory talks, Berlin, Germany – 15 Oct 2021 – CLEMENS BILAN/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Headline climate policies include a commitment to phase out coal power by 2030, five years ahead of the current schedule, although plans to use gas power to make up the shortfall could prove controversial in the light of current gas prices.

They also include ambitious plans to devote 2 per cent of Germany’s landmass to generating wind power.

But some of the most high-profile Green policies were missing, including their demand for a 130kmh (83mph) speed limit on the German motorways.

Speed-limit free Autobahns are totemic for sections of Germany society and the FDP vowed not to back down over the issue.

“We couldn’t enforce the speed limit,” Robert Habeck, the Green leader conceded. “But we’re very satisfied in other areas.”

The other big win for the FDP came in blocking proposed tax increases for high earners.

The SPD and Greens both campaigned on proposals for an annual wealth tax on existing assets, but those plans have now been quietly dropped.

The agreement also includes plans to double the speed of programmes to digitalise Germany, which remains far behind most of its competitors in this regard.

The party leaders hailed the agreement a success and called for talks to move on to detailed formal negotiations next week.

Before that can happen the Green Party will have to vote to go ahead in a special party conference expected to be held as early as this weekend, where party leaders could face some opposition over their agreement to drop demands for a speed limit.

The FDP will also have to approve the deal, but the decision will be made by party committees who are thought unlikely to oppose it.

The SPD leadership can wave it through.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

DOLE: 15,000 jobs up for grabs

© STAR/File DOLE: 15,000 jobs up for grabs MANILA, Philippines — Over 15,000 overseas and local jobs are available in the hybrid job fairs to be mounted by the Department ... Read more »

Patrick Bamford scores last-gasp equaliser to rescue point for Leeds against Brentford

© GETTY IMAGES Patrick Bamford scores last-gasp equaliser to rescue point for Leeds against Brentford – GETTY IMAGES Patrick Bamford returned from injury and grabbed a dramatic equaliser deep into ... Read more »

Demoratic legislators call on Senate to take action on gun legislation following Michigan school shooting

Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said he continues to work with his Republican and Democratic colleagues to pass gun safety legislation, especially after the deadly school shooting last week in ... Read more »

Marcel Brands leaves Everton with immediate effect

Marcel Brands is to leave his role as Everton’s director of football after three-and-a-half-years at the club. The Dutchman signed a new three-year-deal in April but Brands is a casualty ... Read more »

Tottenham player ratings vs Norwich: Ben Davies a major threat with Oliver Skipp improving every game

© Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images Tottenham0512A Tottenham continued their resurgence under Antonio Conte with a 3-0 home win over Norwich on Sunday. The Canaries were unbeaten in four ... Read more »

Cliftonville to learn their League Cup fate in wake of IFA appeals hearing

Cliftonville will learn their BetMcLean League Cup fate in the coming days with the Irish FA set to rule on the Colin Coates eligibility dispute early next week. Coates, who ... Read more »

Tottenham 3-0 Norwich: Efficient performance sends Antonio Conte's side fifth

In truth, the 3-0 scoreline Tottenham racked up against Norwich City on Sunday flattered them somewhat. © Getty Images TottenhamvsNorwich0512F For large parts, Spurs looked in far less control than ... Read more »

Ange Postecoglou shares Celtic fears for Jota as injury optimism fades with Cup Final and Rangers looming

Ange Postecoglou fears Celtic star man Jota will sidelined for the Premier Sports Cup Final – and the New Year Old Firm showdown. The Portuguese ace sat out the 3-0 ... Read more »

Soccer-Spurs climb to fifth with comfortable win over Norwich

LONDON (Reuters) – An early goal from Lucas Moura and two after halftime from Davinson Sanchez and Son Heung-min ensured a third successive Premier League win for Tottenham Hotspur as ... Read more »

Wimbledon champion Ash Barty shares Peng Shuai concerns as WTA suspends all China events

World No 1 Ashleigh Barty has spoken out on Peng Shuai. The two-time doubles Grand Slam champion went ‘missing’ after accusing China’s former vice premier of sexual assault, and many ... Read more »

Severe weather warning for UK as Storm Barra set to arrive on Tuesday

© Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images The Met office has issued severe weather warnings for most of the UK ahead of the arrival of Storm Barra on ... Read more »

Why exempt U.S. from new travel restrictions? Feds point to low Omicron transmission

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is standing by the decision not to extend new COVID-19 travel restrictions to the United States, saying the government has “no significant reporting of transmission of ... Read more »

Four people are arrested on suspicion of murder after death of woman, 33, who was found injured at home

A murder probe was launched after a woman, 33, died on Moss Street, Derby Three men and a woman have now been arrested on suspicion of murder Read more »

Begbie is BACK! Robert Carlyle shares details of his Trainspotting spin-off series based on sequel novel which sees character return from California to avenge murdered son

Trainspotting set to return for a six-part television series based on sequel novel The Blade Artist sees Begbie return from California to avenge his murdered sonActor Robert Carlyle portrayed psychotic hard man in 1996 cult classic movie Says project is 'a way off' at the moment predicting it will air in around 18 months Read more »

Santa Paws! Dogs dress up in Victorian Christmas-themed outfits as they compete to be top dog in pooch pageant in Yorkshire

Different breeds of dogs donned fancy dress for pageant in Yorkshire today Outfits included a chimney sweet and a Dickens' character among others The event took place at Collingham Memorial Hall in Leeds Read more »

Elderly Jewish couple are suing American Airlines after they were ‘kicked off flight for refusing to put their sacred prayer shawl under the seat' because placing it on the floor would be a 'disgrace' to their religion

Roberto and Elena Birman were flying from Miami to Newark on August 12The couple had few belongings with them, including a bag with a prayer shawlA flight attendant spotted it and asked them to put it under the seat, but they refused because it would be a 'disgrace' to their Orthodox Jewish religionThey were kicked off the plane and sued; American Airlines says it's 'reviewing' the lawsuit  Read more »

‘It keeps me alive': the politically potent bark paintings of Dhambit Munuŋgurr

The prolific Yolŋu artist Dhambit Munuŋgurr has been waiting a long time to get Julia Gillard’s attention. On 10 July 2013 Australia’s first female prime minister was scheduled to visit ... Read more »

Man who jumped from taxiing plane in Phoenix jailed, ID'd

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who jumped out of a jetliner’s galley door to the tarmac as the plane was taxiing to a gate at the Phoenix ... Read more »

Liverpool loan report as only three of seven players get game time on frustrating weekend

Liverpool enjoyed a last-gasp win on Saturday as they saw off a gutsy Wolves side. Jurgen Klopp’s side were made to wait until stoppage time for Divock Origi’s winner, but ... Read more »

Grant McCann makes Hull City claim after Reading FC draw

© Provided by Football League World Championship – West Bromwich Albion v Hull City Hull City boss Grant McCann believes his side could have put their tie against Reading to ... Read more »

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou 'excited' by quality of Tom Rogic

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou hailed the star quality of Tom Rogic after the midfielder’s special goal at Tannadice. © Credits: ClydeSSB Ange Postecoglou Rogic scored the pick of three excellent ... Read more »

UK's most expensive Christmas dinner in London costs a whopping £225 per person and this is what you get for it

If you’re planning to save yourself the hassle of slaving over the stove this Christmas Day, and instead go hunting for a hearty Christmas dinner out in London, you’d be ... Read more »

New Spider-Man film 'beats Bond to set UK ticket-sale record'

The new Spider-Man film has set a ticket-sale record in the UK before its highly-anticipated release, according to reports. © Other Huge ticket sales have been reported for Spider-Man: No ... Read more »

Driver slams neighbour for leaving furious note over parking ‘eyesore' van outside homes ‘in everyone's way'

A DRIVER has slammed his neighbour for leaving an angry note over parking an “eyesore” van outside homes that is “in everyone's way”. The van owner says he always tries ... Read more »

Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace: Premier League – live reaction!

LIVE – Updated at 16:31 © Photograph: Paul Currie/REX/Shutterstock Fred of United scores through a sea of Palace players. Fred’s second-half strike gave Ralf Rangnick a victory in his first ... Read more »

Mohamed Salah sends Liverpool contract message and responds to Barcelona interest

Mohammed Salah has reiterated his desire to remain at Liverpool while admitting he is “happy” to be linked with Barcelona. The 29-year-old’s current deal at Anfield expires in June 2023 ... Read more »

Liverpool star Salah responds to Barcelona transfer speculation

Mohamed Salah says he is “happy” to hear that Barcelona want to sign him but insists he would rather stay at Liverpool. Recent reports in Spain claim that new coach ... Read more »

Merkel leaves 'mixed' legacy

© The Manila Times LONGEST CHANCELLOR In this file photo taken on April 18, 2021, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has her eyes briefly closed as she attends a ceremony for ... Read more »

Clearwater police extract snake found in man's couch

Clearwater police officers responded to a call Saturday at the Marilyn Pines condominiums after a man reported that a snake was nesting in his couch, according to a Facebook post ... Read more »

Emenalo was not offered Newcastle role, says co-owner

Mehrdad Ghodoussi, a co-owner of Newcastle, has denied a report that Michael Emenalo was offered a sporting director role at St James’ Park. A report in The Telegraph this weekend ... Read more »

International travellers to NI will have to undergo pre-departure Covid test

Anyone arriving in Northern Ireland from abroad will be required to undergo a pre-departure Covid test from Tuesday, the Department of Health has confirmed. © Liam McBurney New rules for ... Read more »

Covid: UK records 54 deaths and 43,992 infections amid Omicron spread

The UK has recorded 43,992 daily infections and 54 deaths on Sunday, according to official figures. © Evening Standard es-breakingnews.jpg Some 42,848 positive cases and 127 deaths were reported on ... Read more »

Two Formula 2 drivers rushed to hospital after horror Saudi Arabia GP crash

Formula 2 drivers Enzo Fittipaldi and Theo Pourchaire were rushed to hospital after a horror crash at the start of the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix. Pourchaire, 18, failed to start ... Read more »

Luke Chambers issues three-word reaction to Ipswich Town decision over Paul Cook

© Provided by Football League World Luke Chambers Paul Cook’s time at Ipswich Town has come to an end after less than a year in charge after this season’s performances ... Read more »

Ralf Rangnick's impact is already benefiting some Manchester United players

Of all the players to procure the breakthrough for Ralf Rangnick, it was a player signed under Jose Mourinho who became integral under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Fred has now scored ... Read more »

Police launch murder probe after man, 56, was found dead in street

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was found dead in the street in a Welsh village.  The 56-year-old man was ... Read more »

Aston Villa fans can't believe what Brendan Rodgers has done for Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers has left Jamie Vardy on the substitutes’ bench for Sunday’s game against Aston Villa. Leicester City boss Rodgers has gone with Patson Daka, Harvey Barnes and Ademola Lookman ... Read more »

Owen Hargreaves identifies two Manchester United changes under Ralf Rangnick

Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves was left impressed with the progress made under Ralf Rangnick as he saw some early changes from the interim boss. The German took charge ... Read more »

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction today

LIVE – Updated at 16:06 © Getty PRI213606815.jpg A new era at Manchester United begins today as Crystal Palace travel to Old Trafford for Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge ... Read more »

Blackpool among EFL clubs to rival Celtic & Rangers for 24-y/o midfielder

© Provided by Football League World International Friendly – Brazil v Cameroon Blackpool, Peterborough United and Wigan Athletic have made contact with Jeando Fuchs about signing the Dundee United midfielder ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic