Germany's Green Party has weighed into the debate concerning contentious CO2 emissions reduction targets, claiming the "car lobby" is dictating government policy.

The emissions debate has sparked into life in Germany this week, with the Christian Democrat Party, CDU, firmly refuting any suggestion an apparent EUR690,000 (US$930,000) donation from BMW's Quandt family, influenced policy, insisting the contribution was "in no way associated with any individual political decisions."

Germany is widely thought to have asked much tougher rules looking to reduce CO2 pollution to 95g by 2020, be re-examined by the Council of Ministers, although the CDU strongly knocked back any connection between political donations and policy decisions.

However, Germany's hugely influential Green Party, has turned its fire on the Federal Government's apparent wish to have the CO2 target dates revisited, slamming the country's auto industry for influencing Federal decisions.

"Anyone still having harboured doubts about why the Federal Government threw their weight behind postponing stricter CO2 limits for cars can now be certain: the car policy guidelines are ruled by the car lobby, not the chancellor," said Green Party MP, Stephan Kuhn, in comments emailed to just-auto.

"The Federal Government's destructive behaviour in Brussels has to be seen in connection with the now transpired massive donations. Breaking the engine of stricter CO2 limits was worth EUR690,000 to BMW's major shareholder."

Relations between the CDU and the Green Party are perhaps currently not at their most cordial, given today's (16 October) news both bodies would not be continuing talks with a view to forming a coalition following German's recent general election.

A third bout of horsetrading is due to take place tomorrow between the CDU and the SPD party, in a bid to form a government, although the inherent stability of the country's political situation can be gauged by the fairly relaxed view taken.

"There is no deadline, but the Bundestag has to make the first constitution session on 22 October," a CDU spokesman told just-auto from Berlin.

"That is written down in Parliament rules, but to this point we don't need to have a new government."

The CDU declined to comment on the Green Party's comments, while the European Commission was not immediately available.

BMW confined itself to noting: "It is private donation of the Quandt family and we don't comment on that."

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