(Germany traffic jam, Youtube screenshot)

January 17, 2024

The German government proposed slashing a tax break on diesel used in agricultural machinery, worth over $3000 a year to each farmer, that has led to German farmers protesting and blocking highway entrances with their tractors. Germany has the world’s third largest economy, but since COVID, it has been sluggish and it is trying to plug a $19 billion budget hole. The protests have tapped into wider discontent with Germany’s government: stringent green initiatives, including the rolling out of heat pumps, have been unpopular with many. There is also opposition to mass immigration. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party that advocates for remigration of foreigners is gaining popularity with some and is considered far-right by critics.

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