The EU Commission makes tough industrial policy against German premium manufacturers - with the help of German politicians!

In a recent American newspaper, I read a remarkable sentence about Brussels' riot of regulation, which read as follows: Did Europe defeat communism to promote socialism? You have to know that both are actually the same devil's stuff for the Americans. We may smile about it, but the citizens of Europe are actually on the way to a society of the oppressed and patronized, who are not even allowed to decide on the lightbulbs in their homes and who have to hand over more and more sovereignty to rather opaque institutions. And if it goes on like this, it leads to a kind of real satire, in which the American eavesdroppers tell the European security authorities who is still hoarding old light bulbs or menthol cigarettes in the basement.

Seriously: If the French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg can say that globalization is to blame for the decline of the French automotive industry, it becomes clear what he is about: strengthening his own industry. A high point in the guerrilla war against the Germans can be seen in the ban on Mercedes vehicles being registered in France. Under the legally controversial pretext of using the wrong refrigerant, the A-B class and the SL are currently not being approved in France. A disaster for Mercedes in this important market. The federal government says it wants to mediate. Now the EU Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani has also spoken out. The Roman has thrown all his credibility on the scales. The member of the right-wing conservative party Popolo della Libertà naturally only has environmental protection and saving the climate in mind when he now (on July 16, 2013) announces that vehicles with the old refrigerant “cannot be sold or registered in the EU” . In doing so, he also intervenes in the competence of national authorities such as the Federal Motor Transport Authority, which has rightly issued a special permit for Mercedes vehicles. This type approval is actually also valid in France and has legal force there. The French don't care much. “We don't build road cruisers,” a member of the EU Parliament brushed off Mercedes-Benz's argument to me, without really understanding the legal requirements. And that is what many politicians in Germany and Brussels really want: to ban large vehicles altogether. It is understandable that Tajani wants to help his homeland. It is completely incomprehensible to me that Ms. Künast is completely blind as long as her ideology is helped.

The discussion about future limit values ​​also turns into tough industrial policy. Only that here, too, German politicians blow the horns of the French and Italian manufacturers without caring in the least about preserving the German flagship industry.

"This is lobbying for the corporate interests of Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen and is therefore torpedoing EU climate policy," criticizes the head of the Greens parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Renate Künast, the German government. "That is scandalous." The lady is wrong: It is scandalous, as a member of the Bundestag, to do lobbying work primarily for French car manufacturers who have overslept important decisions (global thinking and marketing of the products). Accusing the premium manufacturers that they "would rather indulge in luxury instead of building small cars" is not only a smear, but also a misunderstanding of physical and technical basic laws. In addition, here too, back-to-back and relentless upbringing measures: ultimately, the automotive industry cannot be blamed for the fact that customers worldwide choose comfortable and safe automobiles. She quite rightly builds what the customer wants and buys. If you want, you can have it smaller, but in free choice. The Greens would like to curtail this right with new regulations and, in their paranoid zeal for upbringing, would prefer to allocate fuel consumption at a monthly maximum.

It is kind of ridiculous if we look at it globally: We torment ourselves technologically with immense investments in ever more economical engines, ignoring almost every economic reason and completely ignoring the fact that we can do what we want. Nothing changes in global CO2 emissions. If we burn less oil in Europe, this oil will be burned elsewhere. CO2 doesn't care about limits. The only reason for me to buy a low-consumption vehicle is the finite oil supply and the fuel price. I will not be able to “save” the “climate” and I will not want to save it. This is not a fatalistic approach, but due to one's own economic reason. I like to drive economically and I am happy when I consume more than 535 liters with my BMW 7,7 d and still be able to go 250 km / h if a free highway allows it. I saved the story of the climate rescue. In the drawer in which those of global tree extinction have long been yellowed. Right next to the Club of Rome report from the 2000s, in which the end of oil for XNUMX is predicted as final.

 

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