Friedrich Merz calls basic pension “serious mistake”

Friedrich Merz stays with it: The basic pension is not a good idea. He worries about the consequences for the entire pension system. In addition, he is not convinced of a possible quota for women in his party.

CDU candidate Friedrich Merz has renewed his criticism of the basic pension enforced by the black-red coalition. “It is at least a serious flaw in our contributory pension scheme,” he said. “We can only hope that this will not put the entire system in question.”

There had already been a “necessary and correct security” for those who did not have enough pension through basic security. After the Bundestag, the Federal Council also decided on the basic pension at the beginning of the month. The premium for 1.3 million people who receive little pension despite long contribution periods will start next year.

Merz: Rather strengthen women from the bottom up

Merz also continues to campaign for an alternative to a women’s quota in his party. “It would probably be better if we found a solution that strengthens the participation of women from the bottom up and not from the top down,” said Merz of the “Welt am Sonntag”. “That would mean that we would have to offer the party base, ie the local and regional associations, higher incentives in order to attract more women as party members.” Merz underlined his position that quotas were “at best the second best solution”. But he also said that he did not yet know what the better solution was.

If the new chairman is elected on the first day of the party congress in December, “then on the second day (…) there must be a broad consensus on this central question of our strategic direction,” said Merz. “There will be no losers and winners,” he said. “The party congress must not end without a decision that leads to more female participation, so we have to agree on a good proposal.”

After long negotiations, the CDU’s structural and constitutional commission had agreed on a compromise for a gradual quota of women by 50 percent by 2025. The party conference must make the final decision. In addition to Merz, North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet and foreign politician Norbert Röttgen are also applying for the CDU chairmanship.


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