The tips from CDU, CSU and SPD According to coalition officials, they have decided that the climate change laws already in place should come into force by the end of the year. This should also apply to those parts of the package that should come to the Cabinet this Wednesday.
The coalition intends to present its mid-term review in early November. Then the tips of CDU, CSU and SPD according to information of German press agency from participant circles in the three and a half hour meeting of the coalition committee. Especially the SPD, in which the coalition with the Union is controversial, had called for an interim balance.
Apart from that, the coalition committee was mainly concerned with the international situation and procedural issues in the grand coalition, it said after the talks ended. The international topics included the Turkish military action in northern Syria. “If there is no basis in international law for such an invasion,
then it is also not in accordance with international law, “said Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) on ZDF to the attack of Turkey.
The SPD wants to publish on October 26, the result of its membership survey on the future party leadership. Whether the first result will give an indication of how the Social Democrats pose at the party congress from 6 to 8 December on the future of the coalition is still unclear. If no candidate duo receives more than 50 percent of the votes, there will be a run-off vote from 19 to 29 November. A good mid-term review could serve as an argument for remaining in the unpopular coalition.
“The GroKo is not a future model”
At the moment, the coalition is also struggling to find the exact structure of the basic pension, which is intended to protect retirees from old-age poverty with long contribution periods. The SPD wants it to be paid without considering the actual need. The Union rejects this and refers to the coalition agreement, which provides for a means test.
In an Emnid survey for the Picture on Sunday 52 percent of respondents said that the coalition is doing its job “rather badly”. Only 40 percent rate the work as “rather good”. CSU boss Markus Söder told the newspaper: “GroKo is not a model for the future, it does not provide enough personal and structural perspective.”
The FDP leader Christian Lindner called the alliance a “coalition of the past”. Family Minister Franziska Giffey (SPD) was in favor of keeping her party in government. “The salvation of the SPD can not be due to a premature departure from the grand coalition,” she said New Osnabrück newspaper, The citizens wanted a reliable government that did a good job.
BDI complains of “missed opportunities for more growth”
“Central policy areas lack a clear course and trend-setting decisions to improve the competitiveness of German industry,” said BDI Chief Executive Joachim Lang German press agency, “Given the deteriorating economy, we have to conclude that the recent upturns were missed opportunities for more growth.” The economic policy course according to the motto “redistribution before investment” now threatens to take revenge.
Germany has financial leeway after a strong economic decade with a high level of employment and solid public finances, said Lang. The state can currently borrow at negative interest rates. “Fiscal policy, Germany must now switch.” Lang demanded more speed in the expansion of the fast Internet and electricity grids in the wake of the energy transition.
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