Cologne's Mayor Henriette Reker has clearly rejected agreements with the Last Generation climate group to avoid roadblocks. "I will not give in to that," said the non-party politician on Deutschlandfunk on Monday.
The group has offered cities to refrain from future protests and so-called stick-ups if mayors champion Last Generation Causes. These include a speed limit on motorways, a permanent 9-euro ticket and the establishment of a company council with drawn instead of elected members. The cities of Hanover, Tübingen and Marburg have made such agreements. An ultimatum to Hamburg expires this Monday.
Reker: Not willing to talk under these circumstances
Reker said she was willing to talk, but not under the circumstances. From their point of view, the group's protests are of no use and an end is a matter of time. "I always rely on people's ability to understand," said the mayor.
She voiced criticism of colleagues who enter into agreements. They might have a different idea of democratic processes. In many cases, the actions of the last generation are necessary for her, but not "blackmail," said the lawyer. "It's not blackmail anyway, because they don't want any money," she said.
Among others, the FDP deputy faction leader Konstantin Kuhle had criticized that the last generation was blackmailing the public.