Germany is currently facing an emissions scandal involving big German carmakers like Volkswagen that has threatened to engulf politicians at the height of an election campaign. With elections looming on 24 September, Merkel and other politicians have a tightrope to walk between balancing public health safety and securing millions of jobs in the vital automobile sector.
As a result, the German chancellor has doubled the funding to help German cities fight air pollution caused by diesel cars. She has announced she will be doubling financial aid to cities from a previously announced €500 million, in an attempt to stave off the threat of a ban on diesel vehicles.
After a meeting with 30 mayors whose cities or towns are threatening diesel bans, Merkel said she would stump up the cash to help them develop cleaner transport infrastructure.