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The German wrecking bonus: party’s over – what about side effects and hangovers?

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Introduced as a seemingly small addition to make the Germany’s economic stimulus package seem more specific in helping consumers and the automotive industry, the wrecking bonus has become a breathtaking success. It’s formula is very simple: anyone who buys a new car which meets EURO IV exhaust limits gets 2500€ from the government as long …

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Germany: A (welcome) rethink on car taxation & how saving the planet can save the economy

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Sometimes, no news is good news. In a week in which Obama gave US states the ability to enforce tough new standards on car fuel efficiency and emissions, German policymakers managed a last minute turnaround to prevent doing the opposite. The audacity of claiming a shift to environmentally friendly car taxation, while preparing a tax …

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