The European Commission has stated that the plans of CSU chief Horst Seehofer are compatible with European law. This is a surprising signal from Brussels in the dispute over a toll for foreign cars on German roads.
Bavarians are known for their independence. The political expression of this is the Christian Social Union — the regional conservative party and feisty southern sibling to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats.
The row over Germany’s controversial road toll bill took a new turn on Thursday with the news that Austria has taken a legal case with the ECJ. They believe the bill contravenes EU law.
A call to allow using autobahn toll data to track criminal suspects has triggered a fresh row among Germany's justice ministers. Originally, the project's data was intended only to calculate car users' highway fees.
Drivers will soon have to pay to use German highways. Germany's regional governments have given up their objections to the much-contested bill. Neighboring countries have threatened to take legal action.
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