Berlin / Frankfurt (AP) - In the run-up to the IAA, VW boss Herbert Diess meets with the anti-car activist Tina Velo. At the invitation of "taz", a debate is planned for next Monday in Frankfurt, which will be broadcast live on the Internet, as the Berliner Tageszeitung announced.

Velo, who has a pseudonym, speaks for the action alliance "Sand in the transmission". On the first public Sunday (15 September), this will block access to the IAA at the Frankfurt Exhibition Center. A conversation with the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) had denied the organization yet strictly, as they demand a completely different traffic policy and not want to talk with the "profiteers of the climate crisis".

She wants to speak with Diess now, because VW presents itself as a pioneer of a mobility turnaround, said Velo the German Press Agency. From her point of view, the sole change to electric cars is not the solution that could fundamentally change what she says is a sick traffic system. Necessary is a fundamental change in traffic with car-free inner cities, a developed public local and long-distance traffic by rail and more space for pedestrians and cyclists.

In principle, the dialogue is also sought after by critics, said a VW spokesman who confirmed the planned meeting. He referred to the launch of the electric car family ID at the IAA, for the VW had made significant investments. VW also advocates better transport concepts in the metropolitan areas, but does not want to ban individual mobility.

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