Watching Government: European energy woes

Rising energy prices are causing headaches for several European nations.In Germany, the government of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder faces growing dissent over the nation's "ecology" taxes.The taxes were imposed on fuels in two stages last year to fulfill a promise to the Green Party in Schroeder's ruling coalition. The funds are used to finance welfare and retirement programs.But motorists, hit with sharply higher gasoline and diesel prices this year, are rebelling at paying the ecology taxes, too.Opposition politicians are clamoring against the taxes, and some local leaders of Schroeder's Social Democrat Party have deserted him on the issue.The German automotive industry, a ma...

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