VBefore the party congress of his CSU, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder warned against excessive corona aid programs. “We have to think carefully about which measures make sense, which we can afford,” said the party leader on Friday in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. “That’s why an upper limit is actually needed.” The state must “not just distribute money”.
Söder said that “tax cuts and stimulus measures” are necessary in view of the corona crisis. A settlement of the debts of municipalities, such as the SPD brought into play, is “certainly the wrong way”. The Bavarian head of government also rejected corona bonds at European level, since these would mean “that we are liable for the debts of others”.
Söder emphasized on ZDF that Bavaria is “by far the finest country in Germany financially” and has “the lowest debt of all”. In view of the economic consequences of the corona pandemic, he is campaigning for tax cuts “so that people have more money in their pockets” and for “impulses to bring this money into the economic cycle”.
In view of the export shortfalls, Germany needed a temporary boost in domestic demand. For the first time in its history, the CSU is holding a small party convention exclusively on Friday. The focus of the meeting of delegates, which is only held online due to the corona restrictions, is a keynote speech by party leader Söder and the deliberations on a key proposal. In it, the CSU makes a number of proposals to deal with the corona crisis – such as tax cuts to boost the economy again.