The tank discount has been in effect in Germany since June 1st. The plan was to save drivers 30 cents on petrol and 14 cents on diesel. Only a few days after the decision came into force, prices are back to their previous levels. This must not go on like this.

Dear petroleum companies and petrol station operators,

you did that cleverly. On June 1st, everyone was staring at you, asking if you were good at passing on the tank discount. Was mostly done. E10 was available in Munich for 1.76 euros, diesel around 1.90 euros. Only a few days later you show your normal face again: greed dominates.

Well, as a financial editor I could also say: You exploit the market economy – supply and demand, you do that really well. If people are stupid enough to fill up at your prices, bad luck. These citizens can also afford to go on vacation…

I already described my doubts before the tank discount and now I have to state: We subsidize your profits with our taxes. Sure, it’s no different than if we build another BER and burn more tax money. Nevertheless, the procedure – to put it mildly – ​​is not correct.

Now I’m curious about politics. Economics Minister Habeck showed at Gazprom that he is not afraid of big names. Even if I am not a friend of regulatory interventions, the dear politicians should act now if they want to remain credible – or better – want to become. The demand for the “skimming off of war-related excess profits” sounds cumbersome, but it is necessary.

The inflation rate in Germany is higher than it has been for 40 years. FOCUS Online therefore asks: your everyday life consists only of savings? You really have to spend every penny and are constantly looking for ways to make a living cheaper? We want to tell your story. Please write to us at Please briefly describe your situation to us in an e-mail and also tell us when we could contact you by phone in the next few days. Thanks very much!

I like to repeat myself: I don’t want to pay my tax money so that the oil companies can maximize their profits. If I were to think purely pragmatically, I would put BP, ExxonMobil or Shell in my depot. So that’s a little left pocket, right pocket. But this idea of ​​capitalism is repugnant to me here, I don’t want to support these corporations.

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Dear traffic light coalition, it is time to act.

Happy Pentecost!

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