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Milk maids end hunger strike outside Merkel’s office

Six women German dairy farmers demanding that Chancellor Angela Merkel take action to fight falling milk prices ended their hunger-strike on Sunday after five days, rolling news channel N24 reported.

Milk maids end hunger strike outside Merkel's office
Photo: DPA

“We are not putting our health at risk for the chancellor,” one of the women was quoted as saying.

The six have been camping in a field next to the chancellery building in central Berlin for a week along with about 150 mainly female dairy farmers. They have set up life-sized plastic cows in the colours of the national flag.

They stopped eating on Wednesday, vowing only to drink fruit juice and tea until Merkel agreed to speak to them about organising an emergency national milk summit.

The protest attracted extensive media coverage five months ahead of national elections on September 27th.

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Germany’s BMW to put €1 billion into electric vehicles in Austria

German auto manufacturer BMW said on Monday it would invest "around one billion euros" in the production of electric vehicles at a plant in Austria from 2025.

Germany's BMW to put €1 billion into electric vehicles in Austria

Altogether, 600,000 units a year should roll off the line at the factory in Steyr under the investment plan, set to run until 2030, BMW said in a statement.

From 2025, BMW will “develop and produce the next generation of e-drives” at the Austrian site, BMW’s production chief Milan Nedeljkovic said.

The refurbishment of the plant will see two new production lines added and the location expanded by 60,000 square metres.

The new facilities would require €710 million in investment, while €230 million would be dedicated to boosting vehicle development at Steyr.

“Around half” the 4,400 employees at the site would be working on “e-mobility” by 2030, plant boss Alexander Susanek said.

The Bavarian manufacturer said it aimed to have two million electric vehicles on the road by 2025, promising 13 new electric models and a revamp of its Mini brand.

BMW has already said it will spend €400 million to upgrade its home factory in Munich to produce electric vehicles.

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