The coalition climbdown is unlikely to appease the protesters

BERLIN — Germany’s three-party ruling coalition on Thursday partly backed down from a proposal to cut tax privileges for farmers after facing emotional protests.

The government said in a statement that it would gradually phase out tax breaks on diesel fuel for farmers over multiple years rather than cut the benefit abruptly as coalition leaders had initially proposed, in order to “give the affected companies more time to adjust.” The government also said it would waive planned tax increases for agricultural vehicles.

The leaders of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition had previously announced the tax hikes on farmers as part of a draft budget deal for 2024 presented last month. The planned increases were part of the coalition’s attempts to plug a multi-billion-euro budget gap that appeared after the country’s top court ruled that some of its spending practices were unlawful.

In response to the coalition’s proposal, farmers organized a major protest in Berlin in which a convoy of 1,700 tractors blocked the main road leading to the Brandenburg Gate. Farmers have also planned nationwide protests for next week.

The coalition climbdown is unlikely to appease the protesters.

“This can only be a first step,” said Joachim Rukwied, president of the German Farmers’ Association. “Our position remains unchanged: Both proposals for cuts must be taken off the table. This is clearly also about the future viability of our industry and the question of whether domestic food production is still desirable at all.”

As the ruling coalition struggles to finalize a budget for 2024, the continued resistance of farmers illustrates how difficult it will be for party leaders to agree budget cuts without political repercussions.

The government said it plans to compensate for the latest change to its budget plan partly by using revenue from offshore wind tenders.


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    Has ever in time beyond have such that yes "Any Government" say, prove, behold. Reductions of any Tax. greed grab any device be inflated at the moment for 10/20/30 or Greater times its value ??? (last 3yrs a start example}

    The common tone of Demand to Command is Raise tax Gimmie more and more and more and more .. ditto. The controlling agents believe to master control their puppets yanking their lines by sending down the command to enable such as " Tell all your peoples to pay more tax " my plan deVickiddPlans I want my ink back and paper its printed on.

    Think to believe to highly suggest. Repent/rej. the question of give your Tax. Go away and leave all alone, for by we now the all people of earth are now refusing to pay your tax. And all your guard dogs can go an eat bugs for a change in diet. Tossing a steak of backside flesh is just ended. Be the new tune to shrill the airs of all time. Let the bugles sound the people shall start to sing. Gold is the new standard and it shall rock and roll on the paper its wrapped in swift fiat.

    Add bow tie and such is the new gift to change. Gods Given FREE Man Woman child upon this earth no longer tend to care to listen to your constant grumble to raise tax. So STOP PAYING SLAVE PORTION.
    We are Slave to NO ONE! "I do not accept"

    Close out point. It goes directly into their own laughing pockets. WAKE UP


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