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Dispute over radio license fee: Lower Saxony warns Saxony-Anhalt of the failure of the planned increase


In Saxony-Anhalt, the CDU with the AfD could prevent an increase in the broadcast fee. Now the dispute is becoming a nationwide political issue - Lower Saxony's Prime Minister Weil makes the first threat.

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Stephan Weil (SPD), Prime Minister of Lower Saxony

Photo: Moritz Frankenberg / dpa

The dispute over the planned increase in the broadcasting fee is making waves beyond Saxony-Anhalt.

In the Magdeburg state parliament, the question of whether the CDU parliamentary group approves the so-called media state treaty or refuses with votes from the AfD triggered a government crisis.

Now Lower Saxony's Prime Minister Stephan Weil interferes in the dispute.

He warned neighboring Saxony-Anhalt that the 86 cents increase in the radio license fee would fail.

The SPD politician told the editorial network Germany (RND): “If a state parliament does not want to follow this suggestion, the further process is programmed.

The broadcasters will then go to the Federal Constitutional Court and win there.

15 out of 16 countries agree. «

The dispute over the broadcasting fee is about an increase from 17.50 euros to 18.36 euros.

In the Magdeburg state parliament, the CDU and AfD want to vote against the increase, the SPD and the Greens support the contract.

However, the CDU, together with the AfD, would have a majority in the state parliament to block the increase in the fee.

The SPD and the Greens announced that in the event of a joint vote by the CDU and AfD, they would no longer see any basis for the continuation of their coalition with the CDU.

Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) has failed so far with his efforts to get the CDU parliamentary group to stop.

Consequences for everyone

The Magdeburg dispute would have consequences for all other federal states: The State Treaty can only come into force with a unanimous vote of all states, and only if all parliaments have decided by the end of December.

Otherwise the treaty would be off the table and would theoretically have to be renegotiated again - something several other countries have already rejected.

All other federal states have already agreed to the interstate treaty including premium increases or have indicated that they will do so.

Lower Saxony's head of government Weil told the RND: "Against the background of great contribution stability over a decade and an interim reduction in contributions, the small increase that has now been planned is not to be criticized." That was also the result of long deliberations among the federal states.

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Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2020-12-04

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