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Traffic light: That's what business says about the coalition agreement


The traffic light coalition could let go of a jolt through the country, according to Gesamtmetall, an important lobby association of German employers. But there is more than just praise from business.

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FDP leader Christian Lindner at the presentation of the coalition agreement

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A lot of fundamental praise for the coalition agreement between the SPD, Greens and FDP comes from the business world - and some criticism.

Many things point in the right direction, said employer president Rainer Dulger.

Digitization, decarbonization and demographic change, however, require answers and a "big hit," according to Dulger.

"Unfortunately, this is not always recognizable in the coalition agreement."

Among other things, the BDA president praised the abandonment of the traffic light to tax increases and the adherence to the debt brake.

"Unfortunately, the traffic lights lacked the courage to go beyond the status quo to create new freedoms for companies and employees and to strengthen personal responsibility."

The employers' association Gesamtmetall was also positive.

The completely new government coalition has the chance to let go of a jolt through the country, said Gesamtmetall President Stefan Wolf.

"We do not find every project necessary, not every chosen approach promising and some things may also be missing - but all in all, the coalitionists took advantage of the opportunity."

Future spirit and financing issues

Cautious criticism came from the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK).

The contract was "shaped by a constructive spirit for the future," said DIHK President Peter Adrian.

However, there are still uncertainties for business practice.

Above all, "the unclear financing issue for many projects" is critical.

The Federal Association of Medium-Sized Enterprises expressed itself more clearly: The traffic light parties had agreed on the "most expensive common denominator," said the managing director of the Federal Association of medium-sized businesses, Markus Jerger.

"The bill for this will be paid by businesses and citizens." The various projects, such as the expansion of renewable energies, can only be financed through new borrowing without tax increases.

From various industry associations there is mainly applause for individual projects of the new government - for example from transport and bus companies, from the aviation industry, the shipbuilding industry and from logisticians as well as from the startup association or from the computer game industry. The German Hemp Association and the Cannabis Industry Association welcomed the planned controlled distribution of cannabis to adults.

When it comes to building and living, there is a mixed response: IG-BAU boss Robert Feiger, for example, welcomed the planned independent building ministry.

That was "overdue".

The Central Association of the Building Industry (ZDB) made a similar statement.

The tenants' association welcomed the planned creation of new living space, but otherwise called the coalition agreement "inadequate".

"Obviously, the FDP has clearly prevailed in tenancy law," said President Lukas Siebenkötten.

This is not how you get ahead with effective tenant protection.

mamk / dpa

Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2021-11-24

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