Joint CO2 targets must not diminish German industry, CDU leader warns EU

Joint CO2 targets must not diminish German industry, CDU leader warns EU

Armin Laschet, frontrunner for next chancellor, says Germany will focus on innovation and market incentives

The frontrunner to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor has warned the EU that joint greenhouse gas targets must not come at the cost of diminishing the prowess of German industry, signalling a reluctance to join carbon reduction schemes planned in other European countries.

“Europe has to be modernised: we have to implement the Green Deal together but still remain successful with our industries,” Armin Laschet, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader, told the Guardian in an interview.

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