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Alexander Dobrindt has brought a "competitive price tax" for low-cost flights into the game. But the proposal of the CSU country group chief was quickly cashed - by his own party.

As his party is ticking, Alexander Dobrindt would actually have to know. Until 2013 he was himself Secretary General of the CSU. Nevertheless, he has duped the party leadership in Munich now apparently. For the "Bild" newspaper cited Dobrindt with the words: "Flying needs a minimum price and train driving a VAT reduction." Who offers airline tickets below 50 €, should in future pay a competitive price tax. "

"This is not a coordinated proposal of the CSU," said Secretary-General Markus Blume now. "In general, the CSU is a tax-reducing and not a tax-raising party." The climate protection concept of the CSU is currently being developed and decided at the end of next week at the CSU board meeting.

Dobrindts proposal comes according to "image" from a paper for the autumn-Klausur of the CSU-Landesgruppe in the Bundestag next Tuesday. The head of the regional group Bild said: "I want climate protection instead of fighting prizes." Nine-euro tickets for flights in Europe have nothing to do with either the market economy or climate protection. "

Söder calls climate bonus on income tax

The surprising debate, which Sören Bartol of the coalition partner SPD already celebrated as a proposal "in the right direction", also overshadows an initiative by party leader Markus Söder. The Bavarian Prime Minister had in the "Augsburger Allgemeine" simultaneously with the "image" report itself expressed a far-reaching proposal on how Germany should become climate-friendly.

Söder has demanded a climate tax bonus for all citizens. "Climate protection measures are to be tax-favored up to a sum of 10,000 euros", demanded Söder. As with the craftsman's bonus, every citizen should be able to deduct 20 percent of the costs directly from the income tax, for example by saving energy with a new heating system.

To protect the climate are currently many other ways. Söder had recently demanded the exemption of train tickets from VAT. The Greens in turn had demanded a complete cancellation of subsidies for air traffic. A CO2 tax, which is based on the respective emissions of a mode of transport, is also under discussion - and could also make flying more expensive.

Regardless of the surprising initiative of the regional group, various climate protection measures are currently being discussed in the CSU leadership. These are to flow into the board meeting in a concept paper, with the party leader Söder also wants to go to the negotiations at the federal level for a climate protection law. Unlike the SPD, the CSU rejects about the CO2 tax and relies on a reduction of emissions through certificates. In addition, the CSU is for an exit from coal power until 2030 and a nationwide plastic bag ban.

Source: spiegel

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