CDU attacked over delay to filter incentives

Coalition partner and opposition calls alleged foot-dragging by centre-right majority "incomprehensible"

Germany’s centre-right CDU/CSU has been criticised by its SPD governing partner, the opposition Greens and environmental groups for allegedly delaying tax incentives to fit diesel cars with particle filters.  The SPD blamed "incomprehensible" foot-dragging by the CDU.  Environmental group DUH claimed the party was in the pocket of big carmakers.  Now to be introduced next spring rather than in January, the incentives will be revenue neutral unlike an earlier incentives plan blocked last year (EED 31/05/05).  See press releases from the (SPD-controlled) environment ministry, and environmental group DUH.

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