Spahn: "Friday for the future" has a conservative core

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Spahn sees the "conservative core" in "Friday for the future"

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The parliamentary leaders of the Union are examining the possible tax on kerosene for aircraft

Union leaders of federal and state governments are considering whether a kerosene tax would be possible. Their goal: to make citizens aware of the effects of air transport on the environment.

After the European elections, the CDU and the CSU are involved in climate policy. A twelve-point plan was adopted on Tuesday – and Jens Spahn now sees the intersections between the Union and young climate activists.

DThe Union is focusing on greater climate protection. Only on Tuesday the leaders of the CDU and the CSU adopted a twelve-point climate policy plan in Weimar. Now Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) sees a conservative intersection of his party with the "Friday for the future" movement.

With respect to "time", the Christian Democrat said: "The movement has a conservative core! They want to preserve something. My party has not dealt enough with this point of contact." While young people wanted to preserve creation, many voters of the AFD were concerned about preserving culture. "Both," said Spahn, "are conservative concerns that are actually at home with us."

However, as reported by Die Zeit, the CDU regional associations in East Germany are increasingly concerned that the party may lose its voters due to the intensification of climate policy. "It makes no sense to run after the Greens now," quotes Mike Mohring, president of the Thuringian presidency.

The former Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen (CDU) spoke against the previous course of party leadership: "We should stop managing their political impotence," the Bundestag member of the "time" told state of his party on climate policy. A "leadership vacuum" should not be allowed.

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In Weimar, union leaders of federal and state governments decided to consider the possibility of repealing the tax exemption for kerosene in order to reduce CO2 emissions from aviation. "We want to increase passengers' awareness of the environmental impact of air travel", the 12-point plan states.

The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet emphasized in the debate on the exit of the coalition that they wanted to remain an industrialized country. The equation "coal is evil, everything else is good", he made a mistake, said the CDU politician at the general meeting of the Conference of German cities on Wednesday in Dortmund. If steel mills, aluminum plants or the chemical industry could not be kept in Germany, it would mean losing hundreds of thousands of people to guarantee jobs.

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It is important to achieve climate protection, security of supply and affordability alike, said Laschet. Low-carbon alternatives such as hydrogen technology require further research. The output of the coal was decided, now it needed the law to do it. "So everyone remembers that we are serious". Many young people are impatient. But you have to explain to them: "No matter what you do, there are always disadvantages."

Climate policy is seen as one of the main reasons for the poor performance of the European Union in the European elections. The leader of the CDU, Annegret Kamp Karrenbauer, had already given deficits.

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