Economics Minister Habeck is bringing a special fund into play in the Bundestag to solve structural problems. Federal Finance Minister Lindner rejects the proposal. Now the politicians want to cooperate.
Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner wants to work together with Economics Minister Robert Habeck to make German companies more competitive. On Sunday evening, Lindner once again rejected his cabinet colleague’s proposal to set up a special fund worth billions to relieve the burden on companies.
In the ARD “Report from Berlin” the FDP politician said: “Because of me, there shouldn’t have been this speech in the Bundestag. We could have discussed it differently with each other. But now this debate is here. And now we’re doing something constructive out.”
If the economics and finance ministers thought that something had to change in economic policy, “then that must now have concrete consequences for the federal government and for the coalition,” Lindner made clear.
Lindner rejects special assets
Economics Minister Habeck (Greens) brought a special fund into play in the Bundestag on Thursday in order to solve structural problems. For example, he mentioned the possibility of creating tax credits and tax depreciation options. Lindner rejected a special fund, saying it would mean new debts.
The finance minister spoke of a “dynamization package” that encompasses the areas of the labor market, climate protection, energy prices, bureaucracy and taxes. If you really want to do something about taxes, the easiest and quickest way would be to abolish the solidarity surcharge for companies. This would also have the advantage that states and municipalities would not be burdened. But you then have to talk to each other about counter-financing.
Habeck confirms the initiative
Habeck reiterated his analysis in the ARD program “Caren Miosga” that the German economy has a weakness in investment and that the tax burden for many companies is higher than in international competition. The Green politician referred to the government’s Growth Opportunities Act. This has not yet cleared the Federal Council hurdle. There are concerns in the countries.
Habeck spoke of a relief volume of eight billion euros and the risk that it would become even smaller because of the dispute with the federal states. All the experts said that was far too little. Regarding his initiative in the Bundestag, the Vice Chancellor said: “This is an invitation” to talk about easing the burden on the economy.
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