German Finance Minister Christian Lindner looks on as he addresses a joint press conference with his French counterpart at the Finance Ministry in Berlin on July 25, 2022. (Photo by David GANNON / AFP)

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner has once again rejected the accusation that he was in close contact with the Porsche automobile group during the coalition negotiations.

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The FDP politician told the broadcasters RTL/ntv on Tuesday: “My position on so-called synthetic fuels, i.e. climate-friendly liquid fuels in combustion engines, has been known for years. There was a phone call with Mr. Blume in October 2021.” The coalition negotiations between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP began on October 21, 2021.

The background is a report by the ZDF satirical magazine “Die Anstalt” from last Tuesday. According to this, Porsche boss Oliver Blume is said to have said to employees at a works meeting at the end of June that Porsche played a “very large part” in the fact that the further use of synthetically produced e-fuels for combustion engines “was included in the coalition agreement”.

After the report had caused some excitement, a Porsche spokesman said on Friday when asked that the exchange in question “didn’t exist like that”. Blume apologized over the weekend. He chose “wrong words”, said the 54-year-old of the “Bild am Sonntag”.

Lindner now emphasized that there was “a single phone call with Mr. Blume”. The Porsche boss also spoke to the Greens.