Daniel Delhaes reports on politics from Berlin. He focuses on Angela Merkel’s conservative party CDU and her Bavarian ally, the CSU, and covers the topics of infrastructure and digital transformation.
Berlin may stop short of an outright ban on Chinese telecommunications technology, but tight new security rules may mean Huawei is in effect excluded from the country’s 5G network.
Deutsche Telekom is also considering filing a suit to halt Germany’s 5G spectrum auction. That puts both the auction and network build-out at risk of delays.
The real costs of distant climate goals are becoming clearer with bans on diesel and talk of autobahn speed limits.
A fourth telecoms operator has signed up to bid in Germany’s auction of 5G frequencies. To have a chance of winning anything, the company will need political allies.
The nation's highways are famous for having no blanket speed limits. A proposal to curb this liberty and set a maximum has incensed the transport minister.
After falling short on earlier CO2 targets, Germany now wants to make these goals legally binding. Achieving them won't come cheap.
Wolfgang Schäuble’s public support for Friedrich Merz highlighted tensions within the CDU. Merkel confidante Peter Altmaier criticized Schäuble and endorsed the chancellor’s protégé.
After telecoms providers had complained of strict conditions to buy high-speed data frequencies, industry lobbies joined the tribulation choir, saying the rules are too tame. They fear dead zones.
Merz, Kramp-Karrenbauer and Spahn are using tax reform as a sign of how they plan to revitalize the Christian Democratic Union, as they race to succeed Merkel as the party's chairperson.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is stepping down as the CSU's party chief after electoral losses. But he's holding on tight to his government post in a break with parliamentary protocol, though there are strong candidates for the job.