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Germany Courts BMW, Airbus in Bid to Speed Up Green Shift

  • Economy minister called for tripling pace of emission cuts
  • Green Party co-leader visited BMW factory in Bavaria Thursday
Robert Habeck, left, at the Airbus facility in Hamburg on Jan. 18.
Robert Habeck, left, at the Airbus facility in Hamburg on Jan. 18.Photographer: Daniel Reinhardt/AFP/Getty Images
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German Economy Minister Robert Habeck kicked off a charm offensive targeting major industrial companies and regional leaders this week as the government tries to accelerate its plan to cut emissions and meet elusive climate change goals.

Habeck visited a BMW AG factory in Munich on Thursday after touring an Airbus SE facility in Hamburg on Tuesday. The stops underscore that slashing emissions from transport will be one of the biggest challenges facing Germany’s new coalition government.