German environmental aid

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German Environmental Aid
legal form registered association
founding 1975
founder Hermut Ruland, Gerhard Thielcke and Rudolf L. Schreiber
Seat Hanover , GermanyGermanyGermany 
Office Radolfzell
purpose Environmental and consumer protection
Chair Harald Kächele
Managing directors Jürgen Resch ,
Sascha Müller-Kraenner
sales 8,299,576 euros (2017)
Employees 113 (2018)
Members 443

The German Environmental Aid e. V. ( DUH ) is a German environmental and consumer protection organization . The registered association based in Hanover is committed to climate protection , the preservation of biological diversity , an energy supply based on efficiency and regenerative sources , resource conservation and circular economy , clean air , sustainable mobility and consumer protection .

The organization is a consumer protection association entitled to take legal action under the Injunctive Action Act , has the right to bring collective actions under the Environmental Appeals Act and is recognized as a non-profit organization.

On April 1, 2001, Harald Kächele was appointed federal chairman. The federal managing directors are Jürgen Resch and Sascha Müller-Kraenner . In 2018, 113 full-time employees worked in the branches in Berlin , Radolfzell and Hanover as well as in the project offices in Köthen and Erfurt . Most of the administration is located at the headquarters of the federal office in Radolfzell on Lake Constance , where the association was founded in 1975.

Deutsche Umwelthilfe is one of the 78 selected associations in Germany that are allowed to carry out a model declaratory action .


The association was founded on August 5, 1975 at the same time as the BUND -Landesverband Baden-Württemberg by Hermut Ruland, Gerhard Thielcke and Rudolf L. Schreiber . The original purpose of the association was to generate donations for the BUND, which, in contrast to other environmental associations, was also allowed to include funds from the private sector. In the first 13 years of its existence, the DUH therefore concentrated on the financing of nature conservation projects and environmental education . The former office was in Öhningen (Baden-Württemberg). Initiated by Deutsche Umwelthilfe, the Association for Environment and Nature Conservation Germany and the Nature Conservation Association Germany , the European Natural Heritage Foundation (Euronatur) was founded in 1987, in the first European Environment Year , to support nature conservation projects throughout Europe. In 1988 DUH moved into a new office in Radolfzell . At this time, the DUH expanded its environmental education commitment, created and distributed information brochures on nature and environmental protection topics, carried out house and street collections to support several hundred mostly local nature and environmental protection projects every year, started the Youth Experienced Nature campaign and thus developed more independently Association.

In 1990 the DUH announced for the first time a nationwide competition for municipal environmental protection. The city ​​of Erlangen was the first to receive the federal capital award for nature and environmental protection .

The Bodensee Foundation for Nature and Culture emerged in 1994 from the international Lake Constance environmental protection project of the DUH . The focus was on advocating sustainable management (environmentally friendly tourism), biotope protection , resource-saving transport, ecological agriculture and the protection of the Lake Constance drinking water reservoir.

In 1998 the international environmental foundation Global Nature Fund (GNF) was established with the help of DUH , which works as an international foundation to preserve water ecosystems . Is the largest project of GNF the Living Lakes Network Living Lakes with over 102 worldwide partners on 33 lakes.

The association has had an office in the federal capital of Berlin since 2001 .

In 2004 the Federal Office of Administration recognized the DUH as a consumer protection association entitled to sue. In 2008, the Federal Environment Agency recognized the association as an association entitled to take legal action under the Environmental Remedies Act .

Organization and administration


The association is a registered and recognized non-profit association under German association law. In May 2020 it had 443 voting members and around 6100 sustaining members.

The association is divided into three regional associations (RV North based in Hanover, RV East based in Berlin and RV South based in Radolfzell). Its function is to pursue the goals and tasks of the DUH at local and regional level.

The board sets the goals for their practical work and advises and monitors the work of the management. The federal chairmen of the board were Hermut Ruland from 1975 to 1988 and Gerhard Thielcke from 1988 to 2001. Harald Kächele has held this office since 2001.

The assembly of delegates decides on the budget, approves the annual financial statements and discharges and elects the board of directors and the auditors.

The management is entrusted with the operational business of DUH. She is authorized to handle the economic, administrative and personnel matters of the federal office. The federal managing directors are Jürgen Resch (since 1988) and Sascha Müller-Kraenner since 2015 . Former managing directors are: Michael Spielmann (2012–2014) Rainer Baake (2006–2012) and Jörg Dürr-Pucher (1998–2006), Jürgen Rosemund (1988–1999) and Hans-Jürgen Dippel (1987–1988).

The main content-related project work is carried out by the full-time employees. In 2018, Umwelthilfe employed a total of 113 people at the four locations, an increase of 13% compared to 2017. Most of the employees are remunerated with an average salary of EUR 50,000, the average salary of the six non-tariff employees was EUR 110,000. This results in personnel costs of just under 6.5 million euros.

Memberships and cooperations

The DUH is a member of the nuclear phase-out itself alliance . She has also been a partner in the hand-in-hand fund with Rapunzel Naturkost GmbH since 1998 to promote social and ecological projects worldwide. DUH is also the operator of the Mobile Phones for the Environment initiative . She also coordinates house and street collections for nature and environmental protection. The Alliance of Municipalities for Biological Diversity was largely founded by the DUH and is supported by the DUH in setting up the independent association. The DUH initiated the Living Rivers campaign in 1995 , which still exists today. The association is also represented in the reusable alliance and founded the Wild Cities project .

Internationally, the association coordinates the work of several networks and initiatives. For example, he is responsible for the soot-free campaign for the climate (“Black Carbon”) and is a member of the Clean Air Europe campaign , which represents the interests of associations in relation to climate protection vis-à-vis the EU. The DUH is also a member of the European Environmental Bureau .


The association sees itself as a politically independent environmental, nature and consumer protection association . The aim of the DUH is that current and future generations have equal opportunities for a fulfilling life in an intact environment. In addition to its direct use for humans, nature has an irreplaceable intrinsic value for the DUH. That is why the DUH advocates sustainable lifestyles and modern forms of business that respect ecological limits.

The methods chosen to achieve the goals include criticism of the existing conditions as well as conceptual thinking in alternatives. It organizes dialogue processes, networks and research projects in order to initiate debates and advance topics. In addition, the DUH scandalizes and personalizes grievances with the aim of getting business and politics on a better path by mobilizing the public. As an association entitled to take legal action, it can legally review and enforce compliance with environmental consumer protection regulations, such as the correct information on energy and fuel consumption , the mercury content of energy-saving lamps or the emissions from machines.

Among the working methods publicly advertised competitions and the publication of rankings include ( English rankings ). The focus of the work is the national and European level. The DUH maintains particularly intensive contacts with the municipalities that are involved in climate and biodiversity protection and sustainability .

The association also seeks (as of 2004) the exchange and cooperation with business partners who want to take on an ecological pioneering role in their branch. It encourages companies to have their products certified according to the "Blue Angel" standards and supports companies in developing environmentally friendly technologies and processes.


Conservation and biodiversity

In its work on nature conservation and biodiversity , Deutsche Umwelthilfe focuses on the four areas of " biological diversity ", " living forests ", " river protection " and " marine protection ". Together with other associations DUH leads the network " Living Rivers " since 1997 measures to save endangered species and the rewiring of ecosystems through. Synergy effects also play a role here. B. the nature reserve in the Wulfener Bruch during the Elbe floods of 2002 and 2013 as a natural retention basin . In a pilot project that started in 2014 at the Szczecin Lagoon , the DUH combined species protection with a funding program for structurally weak regions .

The Global Nature Fund (GNF), an international foundation committed to the preservation of water ecosystems, emerged in 1998 from the nature conservation work of the association . The association is also involved in the “Living Rivers” campaign. With the “Lebendige Elbe” network, which the DUH runs together with the organizations NABU, BUND and WWF, it is also pursuing the goal of making the entire catchment area of ​​the Elbe from the Czech Republic to the North Sea a world natural and cultural heritage. Cross-border nature and species protection programs as well as projects such as the German-Czech youth exchange “The Languages ​​of the River” contribute to European international understanding. Between 2002 and 2005, the DUH initiated the International Elbe Swimming Day . The “Living Forests” project has existed since 2008, in which the association is committed to the preservation and restoration of intact and near-natural forests through model projects.

In 2014, the association achieved that UNESCO recognized the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Africa as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, between 2012 and 2014, DUH and the Erfurt River Office rebuilt bridges so that otters can safely cross them. The DUH also coordinated the work of OCEAN2012 in Germany until December 2013 . This Europe-wide alliance campaigned against overfishing of the European seas and for a sustainable common fisheries policy of the European Union.

Energy and climate protection

A natural and socially just energy transition is a central goal of DUH. To this end, the association coordinates specialist networks on the subjects of the energy transition, grid integration , heat, energy storage and bioenergy . In addition, he conducts information events in affected communities in order to create more acceptance for the energy transition in dialogue with residents and project sponsors.

Since 2008, Deutsche Umwelthilfe has organized and moderated the “Renewable Energy Network Integration Forum”. The project, which was funded by the Federal Environment Ministry until 2014, brought together politicians and network operators , nature conservationists and energy experts, scientists and citizens' initiatives in order to jointly develop measures for the success of the electricity network conversion. One of the first results in 2010 was Plan N , a jointly developed policy paper with measures to convert and expand the power grids. At the end of 2013, the "Renewable Energies Grid Integration Forum" published the follow-up paper, Plan N 2.0 . The paper shows how the new infrastructure for a low-risk and sustainable energy supply can be designed in a way that is environmentally and socially compatible in order to strengthen its regional acceptance. Almost 60 institutions, companies, organizations and associations involved in the discussion process signed Plan N 2.0 , which was presented to politicians in January 2014 during a parliamentary evening in Berlin.

Another focus of work is building efficiency . With the market monitoring of the energy pass , which has been mandatory since May 1, 2014, and any lawsuits in the event of violations, the DUH would like to increase awareness of the environmental impacts and the financial costs of heating and provide information about the advantages of building renovation . According to DUH, the energetic renovation of buildings can be designed in a socially acceptable manner.

The DUH criticized the study “Cost Drivers for Housing” by the consortium for contemporary building , according to which energy efficiency endangers social housing ; rather, the study ignores long-term savings in energy costs in its balance sheet .

Consumer protection

The association monitors compliance with the environmental consumer protection regulations that have come into force. He carries out spot checks to check the formal requirements for labeling products in retail and checks compliance with environmental and health-related product specifications. These include, for example, compliance with the maximum permitted mercury content in energy-saving lamps , the passenger car energy consumption labeling ordinance or compliance with emission regulations for internal combustion engines. The association has been registered in the list of qualified institutions in accordance with the injunction law since 2004 and is thus authorized to pursue violations of the law against unfair competition and other consumer protection laws with appropriate measures. In 2013, the DUH therefore initiated around 375 legal proceedings on behalf of all consumers to enforce consumer rights against retailers and manufacturers who violated regulations of environmental consumer protection.

At the same time, the DUH complains that the German government is still not in a position to ensure proper law enforcement via the market surveillance authorities. The DUH has already submitted several complaints to the EU Commission in this regard, including in 2016 together with the BUND . The federal government then told the EU that the monitoring works because the DUH carries out the checks on the basis of the Injunctive Action Act. The DUH, on the other hand, found this to be insufficient, as the state could not rely solely on private initiatives from civil society to enforce its own consumer-related laws. In Germany there are almost no controls on the implementation of these regulations by the authorities, but this is one of their sovereign tasks.

Several nationwide campaigns to improve consumer protection were started on the initiative of the DUH. The campaigns aim to inform and educate consumers and to reduce health and financial burdens. The DUH would like to guide those affected so that they can improve their personal situation through their own behavior.

Traffic and air pollution control

The association has been advocating a traffic turnaround since the mid-1990s . In the mid-1990s, the association was committed to fuel-efficient passenger cars and began a project in 1998 to introduce sulfur-free fuels ahead of schedule , which was finally introduced in September 2001. The Blue Angel for exchange catalytic converters was also introduced as a result of a DUH initiative. The association is also committed to reducing the fuel consumption of cars. Together with other non-governmental organizations , the DUH is fighting for the tightening of consumption limits and at the same time demands that the manufacturer's information be checked for new vehicles. In the European debate about more climate-friendly refrigerants for car air conditioning systems, the DUH in 2008 brought the dangers of the flammable and deadly gas-releasing refrigerant R1234yf into the public discussion with its own accident simulations and intensive public relations work . The German car manufacturer Daimler then declared in 2012 that it would no longer use this product.

As part of the VW emissions scandal , Deutsche Umwelthilfe raised serious allegations against Volkswagen and, on October 23, 2015, also against Opel. A test by the DUH suggested that the German GM subsidiary should also have lied about the emissions. DUH had an Opel Zafira with a diesel engine examined by the emissions test center of the Bern University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland) and measured nitrogen oxide emissions (NO X ), which, depending on the measurement method, were up to 17 times the valid Euro 6 limit value, said DUH- Federal Managing Director Jürgen Resch at a press conference. A short time later, the Bern University of Applied Sciences distanced itself from the DUH's experiments, as they had not been carried out scientifically. The TÜV Hessen simulated the exhaust gas test of the DUH and came to the conclusion that the exhaust gas values ​​are within the permissible range. In this context, Axel Friedrich , former head of department at the German Federal Environment Agency, works as an expert for the DUH . The managing director of Deutsche Umwelthilfe, Jürgen Resch, described the emissions scandal as a “ state failure ”. As is clear from the correspondence with the economy, the cooperation between the auto industry and politics was extremely close. Civil society groups had given indications of fraud, but this was not followed up in Germany due to a lack of concrete evidence.

The association has been committed to compliance with the EU air quality targets since 2005 . On the legal path, he brought about a court decision by the European Court of Justice for an individually enforceable “right to clean air”. In this context, so-called environmental zones were set up in many German cities . The called by DUH Administrative Court Dusseldorf came in September 2016 concluded that in Dusseldorf "bans on diesel vehicles as soon as possible to speak are". In the opinion of the court, the legal means already exist. On July 28, 2017, the DUH won a lawsuit against the state of Baden-Württemberg in the first instance before the Stuttgart Administrative Court . The air pollution in Stuttgart must be contained by means of diesel driving bans, because the retrofitting planned by the automobile manufacturers was insufficient. The judgment was confirmed by the Federal Administrative Court on February 27, 2018 after a jump revision (see Diesel judgment ).

The DUH is suing the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection before the Administrative Court in Berlin . In order to improve the air, the DUH wants to bring about driving bans for older diesels within the Berlin S-Bahn ring and on some other streets. The judgment on the Air Quality Plan Berlin 2011-2017 was pronounced on October 9, 2018. Berlin must have implemented diesel driving bans in at least eleven road sections by the end of June 2019.

In February 2019, the city of Wiesbaden emerged from the complaint by Deutsche Umwelthilfe without a diesel driving ban. With a 49-point plan, the city was able to explain to the court how it would initiate a comprehensive turnaround in traffic .

Municipal environmental protection

In 1989, the association began the competition of the federal capital in nature and environmental protection , honoring cities and municipalities for their environmental protection efforts. Follow-up competitions generated nationwide reporting. A total of over 1,000 municipalities have participated so far. The DUH has also created extensive support offers for municipalities on numerous topics. A current focus is the promotion of urban nature. The DUH wants to help ensure that “nature conservation” is also understood as promoting nature in urban areas, especially for children. That is why the DUH supports schools in redesigning their schoolyards with the “Schoolyard of the Future” competition. When it comes to climate protection, the DUH would like to contribute to spreading the commitment of the “ federal capitals in climate protection ” and also to encourage small communities to use energy management. To this end, together with the Climate Alliance and the Ifeu Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg, she has developed her own “coaching approach” for small communities. The municipal utilities are a special municipal target group of the DUH . On application, the DUH can give public utilities the designation “ KlimaStadtWerk ”. The “greenITown” project supports municipalities in saving resources in the IT area as well . The municipal competitions of the DUH were copied by other institutions, for example by the EU at “ GreenCapital ”, the European green capital.

Circular economy

Together with business partners, the association was instrumental in introducing the “ can deposit ” on non- returnable bottles and beverage cans in 2002.

The association advocates a reduction in the volume of waste and the environmentally sound recycling and disposal of unavoidable waste. It tries to promote the further development of a circular economy in Germany by reusing products and packaging (= reusable systems) and by closing material cycles . Projects and campaigns such as “Reusable is climate protection” and “One-way plastic does not come in the bag” inform retailers and consumers about environmentally friendly packaging and climate-friendly reusable systems. With the reusable innovation award , DUH creates an additional incentive for packaging companies to think further in the direction of environmental protection. The association also carries out regular inspections in hardware stores, electronics stores and municipal waste disposal companies to ensure that citizens have problematic waste, such as B. foam cans and energy-saving lamps can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Together with Deutsche Telekom, DUH has been collecting used cell phones for over ten years with the aim of reusing or high-quality recycling of used devices . More than 1.6 million old devices have already been taken back in this way. At the European level, the DUH organizes a European reusable conference every three years.

In September 2014 the association took part in the “Berlin do something” campaign organized by the Berlin Nature Conservation Foundation on Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin. More than 3,000 Berliners lined up a total of 30,000 plastic bags in the form of a question mark in order to “set an example against the flood of plastic”. In doing so, they broke the existing world record of 4.2 kilometers.

Environmental education

For a sustainable use of natural resources, DUH carries out cross-generational environmental education projects with a focus on nutrition and biodiversity. The spectrum ranges from individual seminars for school classes to long-term cooperation with local partners. In projects such as “Green Islands for Old and Young”, children and seniors cultivate wildflower meadows and create habitats for insects. “Gardens for the Future” is a model project for sustainable lifestyles and was recognized in 2014 as the “ UN Decade Project Education for Sustainable Development ”.

Interdisciplinary environmental education is also a central component of the DUH initiatives to protect rivers and streams. In various river catchment areas there are networks of schools in which young people get involved locally in their section of the river, exchange ideas in regional “student camps” and acquire new knowledge, as well as contribute to the preservation of living rivers with targeted practical activities.

Business activity as part of a GmbH for the federal government

The DUH became part of a three-party consortium in the form of "DUH Umwelt Service GmbH", which provides services for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI). It is about communication in connection with the energy transition .


The association is financed to 38% from project grants, about half of which are provided from public sources and the other half from private donations. Another 30% of the income comes from consumer protection, u. a. Warnings, for example due to incorrect product labeling. Donations, most of which come from companies and to a lesser extent from private donors, make up 17% of revenue. Toyota, for example, has supported the DUH since 1998 with a "medium to higher five-digit amount per year, with which two projects are supported"; Toyota ended this collaboration in January 2019. Sponsorship contributions, assignments from judicial authorities and contributions from sponsors and sponsors also contribute to the income on a smaller scale.

Since 2009, DUH has received grants from the American "ClimateWorks Foundation", the EU Commission and the German Federal Government as part of an EU-wide campaign to reduce soot. The DUH took over the coordination of 13 participating associations.

In terms of expenditure, 76% of the financial resources were available for material work and 24% for administrative costs, public relations and fundraising. The available funds were used for projects in the areas of general consumer protection and law (18%), transport policy (14%), traffic and air pollution control (14%), municipal environmental protection (9%), energy and climate protection (7%), as well as circular economy and Reusable protection (6%) used. Further funds (12%) are used for project grants, which the DUH awards to its partner organizations and thus complements its own project work.

The annual financial statements are certified by a sworn auditor . The above information relates to the year 2016. The DUH publishes its financial figures in the annual reports and on its website.

The budget in 2017 was around 8.3 million euros.

At the end of 2018, the German brewery Krombacher and the automotive group Daimler AG ended their collaboration with DUH. Both companies emphasized that these decisions were not related to the controversial issue of driving bans for diesel vehicles, which was controversial at the time.

Awarding of environmental prizes

The association awards the Environmental Media Prize every year . With this undoped award, the Federal Executive Committee honors achievements in the categories of life's work, print, radio, online and film that deal with the preservation of the natural foundations of life.

With the reusable innovation prize , the DUH and the Foundation Reusable Initiative award new developments in the field of environmentally friendly reusable systems. Particular attention is paid to the further development and spread of the reusable glass system.


Jürgen Resch (2nd from left), Federal Managing Director of DUH, April 4, 2005

Warning practice

In March 2017, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung criticized the DUH as “an interest group that lives on warnings ”.

In 2010, the Chamber of Crafts in Konstanz pointed to the sending of warnings from the environmental organization to motor vehicle and household appliance dealers. The DUH conducts random market surveillance and, in its capacity as a consumer protection association entitled to take legal action, warns dealers and manufacturers who do not comply with their energy consumption labeling obligations, bring energy-saving lamps with an excessively high mercury content onto the market or incorrect, incorrect information about electricity and fuel consumption or CO 2 emissions did.

In 2011, a chamber of the Hanover Regional Court described the DUH's request for a contractual penalty payment in a specific case as abusive .

The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet ( CDU ) declared in December 2018 that the DUH was a "classic warning association , financed by a foreign car company that wants to weaken the German car industry". In March 2018, he threatened to legally prohibit the Düsseldorf district government from imposing driving bans. The DUH then accused him of violating the law and announced a compulsory enforcement of the judgment of the Administrative Court of Düsseldorf on air pollution control. After the Ministry of the Environment had declared that it would comply with the judgment of the Federal Administrative Court and the Düsseldorf District President had declared that she had not received any instructions from the state government, the DUH withdrew the application for enforcement in March 2018.

On April 25, 2019, a revision hearing began before the Federal Court of Justice against the DUH, which had warned a Swabian car dealer for inadequate labeling of consumption values. The dealer was inferior in the lower courts, but revision was allowed in order to have the DUH's business model examined by the highest court. On July 4, 2019, the Federal Court of Justice ruled that the DUH's warning practice is compatible with applicable law.

Industrial cooperation

In 2005, the DUH was criticized by the FDP as part of its campaign for the introduction of diesel particulate filters “No diesel without a filter” because it had accepted donations from diesel soot filter manufacturers. On April 4, 2005, DUH Federal Managing Director Jürgen Resch admitted on request at a DUH press conference in Berlin that the DUH had collected over 100,000 euros from particle filter manufacturers. Since 2008, Environmental Aid has supported model lawsuits from affected citizens in some cities, with the help of which driving bans against diesel vehicles with high particle emissions were enforced. Since 2012 she has been able to deal with these lawsuits independently.

In February 2014, DUH, together with two other institutions ( Federal Environment Agency and RAL gGmbH), presented the Blue Angel eco- label to the catalytic converter manufacturers LRT Automotive and HJS . In 2012, the DUH demanded that auto parts dealers and workshops “only sell and install Blue Angel Kats or original parts”.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung criticizes the more than 20 years of cooperation with Toyota and sees Toyota models being favored by the action of the DUH against diesel vehicles, for example. Counter to the claim is that the DUH also tested a Toyota diesel and described the excessive emissions as illegal. According to information from Federal Managing Director Jürgen Resch on March 1, 2018 in the talk show Maybrit Illner , the funding from Toyota was around 30,000 to 70,000 euros per year with an annual budget of around 8.3 million euros. This would only correspond to 0.6 to 0.8 percent. Furthermore, according to its own statements, the DUH sued Toyota 47 times for violations of consumer law. The connection to Toyota was also the focus of proceedings before the BGH. Neither the lower courts nor the BGH recognized any conflict of interest. In addition, it cannot be determined that Toyota was excluded from the DUH campaigns.

Efforts to withdraw the charitable status and end the support from tax revenues

Criticism of the DUH at the no-diesel driving ban Stuttgart demonstration on March 2, 2019 in Stuttgart

The CDU adopted, at its party conference on December 8, 2018 , the non-profit to an audit of the DUH. The application was submitted by CDU member of the Bundestag Steffen Bilger , who is also Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Transport, as chairman of the CDU district association in North Württemberg. The CDU would also like to ensure that the association no longer receives any funds from the federal budget . The Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Ministry of Economics then declared that they wanted to continue promoting the DUH. The responsible tax office in Singen emphasized that it could only act if there were concrete indications. In the ARD magazine Monitor , the lawyer Joachim Wieland said on Bilger's stance against the DUH, politicians had been watching for a long time in connection with the violations of emission values ​​and did not intervene out of consideration for the automotive industry. Now they are trying to divert the anger that has arisen away from politics and the automotive industry, towards the courts and German environmental aid.

Applications for joint detention

In the summer of 2019, the DUH applied for several politicians to be detained. She requested imprisonment for up to six months if judgments of the administrative courts regarding driving bans are not implemented. In addition to top politicians in the state government of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder was also the target of such an application. The corresponding applications were rejected in both federal states.

Web links

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