The election campaign for the federal election in September is in full swing: the CDU candidate for chancellor has now expressed himself critically on some of the Greens’ points.
In the words of its Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet, the Union strictly rejects the central demands of the Greens in the election campaign. “The energy transition must be socially acceptable. I miss that with the Greens,” said the CDU leader of “Bild am Sonntag”. “Higher earners can easily afford 70 euros more for a Mallorca flight, but for some families that can end the dream of a summer vacation.”
Laschet wants to compensate for rising petrol prices with a higher commuter allowance. “Anyone who lives in the country and depends on the car to get to work must not suffer any disadvantage.” If the price of gasoline rises due to CO2 pricing, the additional costs would have to be offset by a higher commuter allowance.
Instead of the solar system requirement for new buildings demanded by the Greens, the CDU boss is relying on higher tax exemptions for real estate transfer tax: “I want an affordable home for families to become a reality all over Germany.” People who would buy their own home for the first time in their life should therefore receive “generous allowances”.
“Have to be careful”
Laschet called solar roofs an important contribution to climate protection. “But we have to be careful with ultimate obligations and more and more conditions: the incentive of a lower real estate transfer tax would quickly disappear.” Even people with low incomes should “be able to afford a house”.
The CDU boss rejected demands for an increase in the minimum wage or higher taxes for top earners: “After a crisis like the one we have now experienced in recent months, tax increases are certainly a completely wrong idea.” They hit “especially medium-sized businesses and family businesses and would endanger the upswing after the crisis”.
“Germany has a strong tradition of social partnership”
Regarding the Green Party conference decision to increase the minimum wage to twelve euros, Laschet said: “Germany has a strong tradition of social partnership and collective bargaining for employers and unions.” Therefore, the minimum wage commission gives its recommendations independently. “A constant party-political competition for the minimum wage weakens and harms the collective bargaining partners.”
The CDU leader sees the liberals rather than the Greens as possible coalition partners. “In terms of content, the FDP is much closer to us than the Greens,” said Laschet, who has governed North Rhine-Westphalia with the Liberals since 2017. He has known the head of the Federal FDP, Christian Lindner, for a long time “and appreciates him very much”.