Taxi drivers protest against liberalization plan

Auto drivers have snarled traffic in Berlin and other German cities to liberalize the market.

Taxis at Berlin converged on the capital’s famous Brandenburg Gate, filling up the wide boulevard that leads west from the monument. Wednesday’s protests disrupted traffic into the Tegel airport, which is only reachable by road of the city.

The transportation ministry plans to ease conditions and groups representing cab drivers state that could produce competition.

Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer sought to reassure protesters in Berlin, stating that”nobody needs jobless, unjust and unfair conditions in passenger transport as they have in other nations.”