Germany suffers particle pollution "hysteria"

An increasing realisation that major German cities will fail to comply with EU limits on fine particle air pollution sparked a furious political debate this week, even being described by economics minister Wolfgang Clement as "hysterical". Munich and Stuttgart both revealed that they were in breach of the rules. The news drew a legal action against Munich and widespread calls for driving bans. Chancellor Gerhard Schroder and European industry commissioner Gunter Verheugen were both drawn into the debate. The latter rejected calls for the limits to be relaxed. Source: German press reports.

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