Status: 07.12.2023, 12:48 p.m.
By: Franziska Schwarz
Angela Merkel's hands during a government interrogation of the then Chancellor (photo from 2021) © Michael Kappeler/dpa
Harsh scolding from the business community: Wolfgang Grupp sees the policies of former Chancellor Angela Merkel as the cause of the current budget crisis.
Berlin – Is the traffic light coalition making a good economic policy? If you ask Trigema boss Wolfgang Grupp, the answer is clear: he considers the governing of the SPD, Greens and FDP to be a "mess". Grupp said this in an interview with n-tv. However, he sees former Chancellor Angela Merkel as having a duty to do so.
Row over 2024 budget: Trigema boss Grupp sees Merkel as partly responsible
"I can't be satisfied," said Trigema boss Grupp with regard to the crisis surrounding the 2024 budget and the conditions in the country, "because the government is generally criticized from all sides. But in my opinion, it's Mrs Merkel's fault." She took over the CDU with 47 percent and left it with 22 percent. "If she had left the CDU with 47 or 45 percent, then the CDU would be the strongest party, perhaps with the FDP, and then the mess with a three-party government would not have come about at all."
In addition to the crisis surrounding the 2024 budget, politicians from the traffic light parties are confronted with the shortage of skilled workers, and at the same time are thinking about the four-day week. "In principle" he has nothing against the concept of shortened working hours, Wolfgang Grupp now told n-tv. But at the moment, he considers the debate to be "counterproductive and incomprehensible". However, the traffic light dispute in the budget crisis is still not over. Background information in this video:
IAC expert accuses Merkel of "anti-meritocratic tax policy"
Grupp is not the only business representative who thinks of the former chancellor in the current traffic light crisis. A few days ago, Jörg Wiechmann, managing director of the Itzehoer Aktienclub (IAC), also asked in a press release whether the government was "still the right one". He sees "no trace" of the "green economic miracle" promised by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SDP). Germany is the only one among the major industrialized countries this year in which prosperity is declining, it said.
"Significant mistakes" such as the nuclear phase-out, an increasingly "anti-performance and anti-investment tax and social policy" as well as a "failed refugee and integration policy" had been made during her years in government as chancellor, he said.
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According to Söder, Merkel has handed over "full coffers" to the traffic light
By the way, Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder sees it quite differently. He explicitly accused the traffic light in Berlin of having "destroyed" the successes of the 16-year government under Merkel in a very short time. "Full coffers have been handed over," the CSU leader said in September at the CSU party congress in Munich.
Under the Union, the most serious crises have been overcome and unemployment has been halved. The current government has "gambled away in two years what was built up in 16 years" (frs)