In Germany, a call for a green tax revolution

by Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of Germany’s center-right Christian Democrats, called for a sweeping overhaul of the country’s tax system in order to better align Europe’s largest economy with its environmental goals.

Combatting climate change needs to be at the center of the government’s agenda, Kramp-Karrenbuauer, Germany’s defense minister and a leading candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor, wrote together with a party colleague in an op-ed for the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. Germany should offer both private businesses and regular citizens further incentives to help reduce carbon emissions, such as subsidies for the development of climate-friendly fuels and to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, the article said.

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