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Germany to double diesel 'clean air' projects fund

German chancellor Angela Merkel said her government plans to double the size of a fund meant to help improve air quality in German cities and head off driving bans for older diesel cars.

Mrs Merkel proposed doubling the "mobility fund" to one billion euro (£916 million).

She said it could fund projects from reorganising traffic management systems to helping people switch to electric cars.

Half the previously planned 500 million euro (£458 million) comes from the car industry.

V ice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel signalled that he expects car makers to contribute to the increase, following a meeting between himself, Mrs Merkel and mayors and state governors.

Last month, German car makers committed to fitting more than five million diesel cars in the country with updated software to reduce harmful emissions and to finance incentives for drivers to trade in older models.

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