Germany: Far-right AfD party take aim at government climate policy

Members of Germany's right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) criticised the government's extension of the electric car bonus programme during a Bundestag session focused on climate policies in Berlin on Wednesday. AfD MP Dirk Spaniel argued that by encouraging a shift towards electric cars, Germany would destroy thousands of jobs in its auto industry without doing anything for the climate... Еще. «Your fanatic crusade against the German car industry destroys thousands of jobs of the business location Germany — without significantly lowering CO2 emissions. Globally you will not achieve anything,» he said. On Friday, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier announced that the programme, which was initiated three years ago and due to expire at the end of June, would be extended until December 2020. Until then, buyers of electric or hybrid vehicles can continue to receive a €3,000-€4,000 ($3,370 — $4,494) rebate. Another AfD MP, Karsten Hilse took aim at the 'Fridays for Future' — a global movement encouraging school students to strike on Fridays to demand action on climate change from their governments — accusing politicians who support the movement of using children as pawns.

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