Status: 03.12.2023, 23:22 p.m.
"I am very optimistic that we are well on the way to reaching an agreement," said Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Robert Habeck. © Michael Kappeler/dpa
Vice-Chancellor Habeck has cancelled his planned trip to the UN Climate Conference due to the budget crisis. He is needed in Berlin. He is optimistic about an agreement on the 2024 budget.
Berlin - Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck sees progress in the difficult negotiations in the coalition on the 2024 budget. "I am quite optimistic that we are on the right track to reach an agreement," said the Green politician in the ARD program "Anne Will".
When asked that this did not mean that he was sure that the coalition would agree, Habeck said: "I can't speak for everyone. But I repeat that I believe that we are making good progress." The Vice-Chancellor continued: "It is a process that is arduous, that is obvious, but which brings progress."
The coalition of SPD, Greens and FDP has to plug billions of holes in the budget after a budget ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court. The negotiations are currently taking place mainly in a three-way round with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), Habeck and Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP). If the 2024 budget is to be passed in the Bundestag before the end of this year, a solution must be found in the coming days.
Step by step
Habeck said they were going "step by step" and trying to compensate for funds. This is only possible if "impositions" are tolerated in other places. However, the minister did not want to be specific. With a view to the public debate, for example about savings in social spending or possible tax increases, Habeck said that anything that is publicly demanded has a good chance that it will not happen.
In the talks that the coalition is having, an attempt is being made to identify, in the "depth" of budget tables or the Climate and Transformation Fund, what might come later, what may no longer be willing or able to be done. Habeck stressed, however, that the social balance in Germany and social stability must not be further endangered. He also mentioned the "robustness of industrial production". Dpa