The man who changed Germany, will pass unnoticed in the crowd. Relaxed, he pulls the rolling suitcase through the security check at the courthouse. With a barely visible movement, he nods to a white-haired gentleman in the Foyer of the Wiesbaden justice center.

His companion appeared, as always, a half hour before. Since then, he is in a journalists grape, and speaks in a hill of colorful microphones. Jürgen Resch, head of the “Deutsche umwelthilfe” (DUH), which has been passed in several cities diesel driving bans. Resch is the face of the environmental club and is currently the most hated man in Germany.

David versus Goliath

Resch’s inconspicuous comrades-in-arms of the executor: Remo Klinger, one of the most renowned lawyers in the administrative law. Without its environmental aid would be loud, but ineffective for clean air fight. With it, you are forcing the state to its knees. Twelve Times is Remo pulled Klinger yet for DUH against cities to court to force them to comply with the limit values for nitrogen dioxide. Twelve Times he has won. The procedure in Wiesbaden, Germany, is the 13. and so far the biggest victory. Klinger knows it already, before judge Rolf Hartmann opened the meeting. On the evening prior to that, he has encounter with Resch on the Triumph.

Yet never fought in Germany, so intensive on clean air since the first diesel-driving bans imposed by German courts at the request of Klinger. And never been so much misinformation was in the game. Temporarily the results of decades were in the debate, years of research, equivalent, in addition to the alternatives, the facts of 107 German lung doctors, none of which was through research on the topic of noticed and had made a mistake in addition, in the case of your thumb bearing by a factor of 1000. The wild bird Geflatter not impressed with the lawyer, because he knows: “The discussion about a clean environment must be conducted, if necessary, also before the courts.” And the most important is that, from what he understands most is the right. “Without courts, environmental law remains a printed paper.”

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.