Furthermore, this ruling is also an embarrassment to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has gone on record opposing diesel bans. The concern was that public transportation will be unable to handle the increased number of commuters who, in the near future, may not be able to enter cities in their personal vehicles. Then again, Merkel’s government has been accused of having extremely close ties to German automakers, so it’s hard to tell at the moment what exactly would happen. The court even rejected appeals by some German state governments. It ordered, specifically, Stuttgart
and Dusseldorf, to amend their anti-pollution plans.