The petrol station interest group (TIV) has accused the oil companies of exploiting the current situation to boost profits. “The petroleum companies are cashing in on a climate in the market that allows relatively high petrol prices,” said a spokesman for the association of the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” and the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten”.

The spokesman explained that the fuel discount of 35 cents for petrol and 17 cents for diesel decided by the federal government was largely “capitalized” in advance by means of price increases. And now it will be further increased: soon the average price for a liter of Super will be over two euros again “and in August we will end up at 2.10 or 2.20 euros”.

With the end of the tank discount in three months, “the rude awakening” will follow, said the TIV spokesman. “Then, according to our estimates, we’ll be left with prices between 2.30 and 2.60 euros.” The TIV represents around 1,000 gas station leaseholders nationwide.

The effect of the tax relief on fuel is currently melting away; diesel, for example, was heading towards prices of over two euros this week. Politicians and economists discuss the reasons and countermeasures.