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Merz continues to fight against the increase in citizens' money and for the debt brake

2023-12-04T08:48:33.685Z

Highlights: Merz continues to fight against the increase in citizens' money and for the debt brake. For a reform, the Basic Law would have to be amended, which would require a two-thirds majority in the Bundestag and Bundesrat. Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil still has four weeks to give in to the increase by means of an ordinance. The social association president Verena Bentele also warned against a planned increase in the citizens' allowance. "The citizen's allowance is a social hammock. Just as the retroactive and overdue increase is not a laziness bonus," she said.



Status: 04.12.2023, 09:34 a.m.

By: Nadja Zinsmeister

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CDU leader Friedrich Merz continues to speak out against a suspension of the debt brake. Instead, you could save money – for example, on the citizen's money.

Berlin - CDU leader Friedrich Merz is sticking to his opinion that a relaxation of the debt brake in the Basic Law must be prevented. "The debt brake is still in the constitution. And if it is up to the Bundestag group and me personally, then it will stay there because we do not have an emergency at the moment that is so great that we now have to incur even more debt," Merz said on Sunday in the ARD program "Report from Berlin". For the already existing debts, the federal government will pay 40 billion euros in interest next year, the CDU party leader continued. "That's more than the entire state budget of the state of Hesse."

Merz continues to fight for debt brake: "Not a natural disaster or extraordinary emergency"

The parliamentary group leader thus continues to criticize the discussions of the traffic light coalition to reform the debt brake in view of the budget crisis and also to suspend it for the 2024 federal budget. So far, this has only allowed a small amount of new debt. For a reform, the Basic Law would have to be amended, which would require a two-thirds majority in the Bundestag and Bundesrat – so the Union would have to be won over to the project.

While many SPD and Green politicians are in favor of a reform and renewed suspension for 2023, Finance Minister Christian Lindner of the FDP recently expressed skepticism. According to Lindner, a new suspension could hardly be justified constitutionally, instead savings would have to be made in other areas. Merz agrees with his assessment. There is "neither a natural disaster that is so big that we have to do this now, nor is there an extraordinary emergency that would require it."

CDU chairman and parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz. © Michael Kappeler/dpa

SPD leader Saskia Esken, on the other hand, spoke out in favor of a reform and renewed suspension of the debt brake in the ARD program. "If we have to invest from the current budget, then at some point we will be brought to our knees," Esken said. "And that's why we're saying very clearly that the debt brake needs to be reformed. It is a brake on the future and it must enable investment." They are now trying to convince their colleagues of this.

CDU leader Merz speaks out against citizens' allowance increase – social association president warns

In the ARD broadcast, Merz also pleaded against an increase in the citizens' allowance from January 1, 2024. Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) still has four weeks to give in to the increase by means of an ordinance. "This is not yet in the Law Gazette, it is not yet in the Ordinance Gazette, that can be decided by the Federal Government," said Merz. However, the SPD rejects a renunciation of the citizens' allowance increase. A spokesman for Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) said, according to the Bild newspaper, that there are "no corresponding plans not to make the legally prescribed adjustment of the standard rate on January 1, 2024."

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SPD leader Saskia Esken also made it clear that no cuts in the citizens' allowance were planned. "I can't imagine that we will get involved in this," she said in view of Merz's demands, also in the "Report from Berlin". "Because we don't save on the poorest, but we now have to look at how we can also involve the strong shoulders more strongly."

The president of the social association VdK, Verena Bentele, also warned against a withdrawal of the planned increase in citizens' money. "The citizen's allowance is not a social hammock. Just as the retroactive and overdue increase is not a laziness bonus," she told the newspapers of the Funke media group on Monday. Food prices remain high, even if inflation is declining somewhat. (nz/dpa)

Source: merkur

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