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Corona: "We won't get out that quickly" - Merz open to unexpected steps

2020-10-06T12:26:49.497Z

CDU politician Friedrich Merz said in an interview that he thinks tax increases are possible. He also spoke on the subject of the CDU chairmanship.



CDU politician Friedrich Merz said in an interview that he thinks tax increases are possible.

He also spoke on the subject of the CDU chairmanship.

Berlin - In the

Corona crisis

, the federal government

had to

take on

large

debts

for state aid such as

short-time work

benefits.

In an interview with Handelsblatt,

CDU chancellor candidate Friedrich Merz

now

speaks

about possible tax increases.

Nobody can say in what state the

finances will be in 2022

, but a

tax

hike

is currently

ruled out.

"We are not allowed to

raise taxes

in Germany now

." The SPD had dared to make a corresponding attempt to

raise

income tax

for high earners.

Merz rejects this.

The regulation mainly affects small and medium-sized enterprises, which puts jobs at risk.

However, even the CDU politician, who is known to be business-friendly, can

generally imagine

tax increases

in the future.

In the current situation, it is also dubious to announce tax cuts or to

rule out

tax increases

entirely, ”

Merz

*

explained

in the interview.

Coronavirus will affect the household for a long time due to school admission

Merz

believes that

a

budget without

new borrowing

*, in short the “black zero”, is

possible.

“In the long term, a balanced budget must also be achievable,” he says.

However, the impact of the

pandemic

* will also be

recognizable

in the

budget

in the future

.

"

We will not get out of this crisis

as quickly as

we are

out of the

financial

crisis," emphasized

Merz

and added: "We are using the exception

rules of

the

debt brake

now and in the coming year

, we should comply with them again from 2022."

The

CDU *

politician

did not

answer

in the interview

whether

Merz

will run for a Bundestag mandate in 2021

.

He will only “decide after the federal party congress” about this.

There it is clear whether

Merz will be

elected party chairman or whether he will

lose to

North

Rhine-Westphalia's chief

Armin Laschet

or the

CDU foreign politician Norbert Röttgen

.

But

Merz

is confident in this context: "I'm playing for victory, not for space," he explains.

* Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digital network.

List of rubric lists: © Kay Nietfeld / dpa / picture alliance

Source: merkur

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