SPD wants to help, CDU refers to countries


OIf over-indebted cities can count on financial assistance from the federal government, this is completely uncertain. Although the report presented by the Commission on Equal Living Conditions on Wednesday had promised aid, it would only if there was a “national consensus” for it. But he is not even in the coalition in sight. Christian Haase, municipal spokesman for the Union in the Bundestag, criticized the newspaper for this report: “As for the old debts, so now we have the result that I feared.” Previously, the group leader Ralph Brinkhaus had spoken out against federal aid. Responsible are the countries “which has already relieved the federal government significantly in recent years”.

Frank Pergande

Frank Pergande

Political correspondent of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in Berlin.

The SPD, however, sees itself as a “lawyer of the municipalities”. Bernhard Daldrup, local political spokesman for the group: “We help you. The federal government must take responsibility there, as well as the countries. “Daldrup added:” Over-indebted municipalities are not an accounting problem, this is about social impact and subsequently the voting behavior. “Also SPD Finance Minister Olaf Scholz promised via Twitter help ,

With a total debt of almost fifty billion euros, about two thousand of the 11,000 municipalities in Germany are struggling. Specifically, it is about cities in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, many of which are strongly affected by structural change. However, the Union states that other federal states faced similar problems but solved them on their own. Last Hesse, where black-green has launched a “Hessenkasse”. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has announced that he will hold talks in September on the implementation of the Commission's report. Old debts are considered one of the central but also most controversial topics.

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