June 18, 2019 / 11:35 AM / a month ago

German interior minister laments EU court ruling on road toll

FILE PHOTO - German Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer attends a news conference on politically motivated crimes in Berlin, Germany, May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

BERLIN (Reuters) - A decision by the European Court of Justice to strike down German government plans to impose a highway toll that favors German drivers over their EU peers is incomprehensible, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Tuesday.

The court ruling that the toll amounts to discrimination is a blow to Seehofer’s Bavaria-based Christian Social Union (CSU), which runs the transport ministry and had been the main backer of the toll.

“You can accept court decisions but you don’t have to understand them,” Seehofer said during a news conference. “I don’t understand it.”

Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Michelle Martin

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