In view of the energy crisis, Union faction leader Jens Spahn (CDU) has not ruled out a speed limit on motorways.

“I can’t say with nuclear energy: Please no taboos, please put all ideologies aside, all options on the table, and then immediately set up bans on thinking again at the speed limit,” said the former health minister in the ARD “Morgenmagazin”.

The speed limit makes a relatively small difference in energy consumption – “but if the Greens say that that would be a national compromise, we use nuclear energy for half a year longer when there is a shortage, then I think we should be able to talk about a speed limit.”

In the national emergency, a good, joint package is needed in which everyone jumps over their shadow, Spahn demanded. At the weekend, the CDU chairman in the climate protection committee, Thomas Gebhart, and party deputy Andreas Jung had already shown themselves open to a temporary speed limit.

A general speed limit has been the subject of bitter arguments for years. As a result of the Ukraine war, it has now come back into focus – as a possible contribution to saving energy. In the traffic light coalition, the FDP is opposed to such a limit, which it had already rejected in the coalition negotiations.