The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has spoken in favor of massive investments in community budgets. “We need a Marshall Plan for Europe,” says von der Leyen in an article that his own pen published on Sunday Welt am Sonntag. The EU budgets are accepted in all member countries as an instrument of solidarity balance and must be adequately adapted to the crisis. The European leader is convinced that the continent will soon recover. “The many billions that must be invested today to avoid a major catastrophe will unite the generations,” says Von der Leyen, for whom the crisis can also renew the feeling of community among the nations of Europe.
Several prominent politicians from the ruling German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) defend in the Sunday Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung the issuance of common debt by the European Union, the so-called eurobonds, as an instrument to combat the coronavirus crisis. In view of the high death toll in southern Europe, one can imagine what “is happening in the souls of Italians, Spanish and French,” said Olmar Brok, a member of the CDU executive, in that newspaper. Due to the catastrophe affecting these countries, the issuance of “clearly defined and limited corona debt” as part of an aid package is “inevitable”. The Berlin government has so far rejected that possibility.
A broad conjunctural program and extensive tax cuts have called for the Bavarian Prime Minister, Christian Social Leader (CSU) Markus Söder, to revive the German economy after the coronavirus crisis. “When the first phase of immediate aid and credits has been completed, we also need a vital economic program for a similar amount,” Söder told Bild am Sonntag Sunday. Because the German export industry will suffer for a long time, it is necessary to encourage domestic consumption «And that means, not a single tax increase, on the contrary, tax cuts. The solidarity tax must disappear more quickly and for everyone, “said the president of the CSU, who noted that” we should also lower personal income tax so that as many workers as possible have more money in their pockets. ” Söder also calls for a separate program for the automotive industry in which the state encourages the purchase of green vehicles with a premium on innovation.
As a consequence of the coronavirus crisis, the German Industry Confederation (BDI) expects serious consequences for the German and international economy. “For Germany you have to count on a drop in GDP from 3% to 6%, said the manager of the BDI, Joachim Lang in the Sunday Welt am Sonntag. For this assumption, the industrial organization has a stop of economic activities of no more than six weeks. A “strong recession” will be inevitable in both Europe and the United States. According to BDI calculations, the economic contraction in the Eurozone will be from 3% to 5% and in the United States from 2% to 4%, while China, on the contrary, will register a growth of up to 2%.
German virologist Alexander Kekulé has warned football fans that not one more meeting with the public will be held for the remainder of the year due to the coronavirus epidemic. “From the current point of view I would not make plans for the remainder of the year for meetings with the public,” Kekulé said in remarks to the public television station ZDF. However, he commented that “it is virologically possible” to hold matches in the Bundesliga or the German Cup from May with empty stadiums and behind closed doors. “Everything is possible, but it would be necessary to reflect on how to explain to people that soccer receives special treatment,” said the doctor. For these parties, professionals should be isolated and regularly undergo Covid-19 analysis. In addition, all players should go out onto the field with masks.