‘We are a car country’: German conservatives commit to reverse combustion engine ban

(EurActiv, 11 Mar 2024) Germany’s conservative CDU/CSU is continuing to push to reverse the controversial phase-out of internal combustion engine cars by 2035, despite the demand being dropped from the European People’s Party election manifesto.

Germany’s centre-right CDU and its Bavarian sister party CSU presented their joint election manifesto for the European election on 9 June in Berlin on Monday (11 March), after it was adopted unanimously by both parties’ leaderships.

“We are integrating climate protection, energy supply and the economy into a single programme,” said Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, who is also both the CDU/CSU’s and European People’s Party’s (EPP) lead candidate for the EU election.

As part of their manifesto, CDU and CSU call for the EU’s 2035 ban on the sale of new cars with an internal combustion engine to be reversed.

“We want to abolish the ban on combustion engines and preserve Germany’s cutting-edge combustion engine technology and develop it further in a technology-neutral way,” the manifesto reads.

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EurActiv, 11 Mar 2024: ‘We are a car country’: German conservatives commit to reverse combustion engine ban