Gasoline and diesel prices: Germany registers the biggest increase in the EU since the beginning of the war

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Germany has seen the biggest increase in fuel prices in the EU since the start of the war

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In no other EU country have fueling costs increased as rapidly as in Germany in recent months. This is shown by data from the European Commission. One fuel has become particularly expensive.

NOTsomewhere in the European Union since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, the price of a liter of diesel has increased more than in Germany. This is apparent from data from the European Commission, which the Federal Statistical Office sent at a request from the left in the Bundestag and which the media group Funke cited.

Thus, the price of a liter of diesel in Germany increased by 38 cents between February 21 – three days before the start of the war – and April 25, rising from 1.66 euros per liter to 2.04 euros per litre. Only in Sweden and Latvia did the price of diesel also increase by 38 cents during this period. In France, on the other hand, according to the data, the increase was only 17 cents, in Italy only five cents.

The price of a liter of Super 95 has increased by 23 cents in Germany since the start of the war, only in Austria the price increase was even higher at 24 cents. In Hungary, on the other hand, the price even fell by six cents over the same period, in Italy by as much as eight cents.

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If we look at the evolution since the beginning of the year, the price of a liter of diesel increased by 47 cents between January 3 and April 25 in Germany.

In view of the development, the co-chairman of the left-wing parliamentary group, Dietmar Bartsch, called on Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) to take action against “the price gouging of the oil companies”. The federal government must “stop the take-home mentality of the oil companies, which are shamelessly exploiting the current situation to line the pockets of their shareholders,” Bartsch told the Funke newspapers.

He described as insufficient the lowering of the energy tax planned by the traffic light coalition for three months. On the contrary, the energy tax must be suspended “as long as prices are at an unacceptably high level”.

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