German Greens take ecotax stand ahead of talks

Junior coalition party eyes "ecological finance reform" as it starts to flex more muscle after election victory

The German Green party yesterday took a stand on the development of the country's ecological taxes ahead of coalition negotiations, with environment spokesman Reinhard Loske saying that there would be another increment in ecological taxes in 2004. Mr Loske's statement is the first concrete sign that the junior coalition partner expects to play a bigger role in government after winning a significantly larger share of the vote in Sunday's election (EED 23/09/02).

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