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After long back and forth in the grand coalition, the Bundestag decided on the basic pension. But what does it mean for pensioners? The most important points of the law at a glance. The Bundestag has decided on the basic pension. It is intended to “strengthen trust in the basic promise of the welfare state […]

Comment: The basic pension is disruptive

MThe basic coalition affords the grand coalition another prank of particular relevance to pension policy. In order to gauge the scale of the reform that raises more than a million small pensions above social assistance, today’s estimated costs are not a good guide. Compared to the double-digit billions of euros spent on increasing pensions for […]

Discussions about stimulus package and family bonus

DIn the debate about an economic stimulus program, employers have asked the federal government to first set up a fast-acting “bridging aid fund” for companies. “The most affected companies now need particularly quick help,” says a letter from Steffen Kampeter, chief executive of the Federation of German Employers’ Associations, to Federal Minister of Finance Olaf […]

A maximum of 100 billion euros in new debt for the federal government

CSU boss Markus Söder The worst in the corona crisis is over for now. (Photo: ddp images / Pool dpa) Munich CSU boss Markus Söder sees important successes in the fight against the corona virus, but warns against carelessness. The worst has been overcome for the time being, said Söder on Friday evening in his […]

only 100 billion euros more debt

The federal and state governments have put many billions in their hands to cushion the effects of the corona crisis. On the whole, you should leave it at that, says the Union. The SPD sees it differently. According to CSU boss Markus Söder, the federal government should only be allowed to incur a maximum of […]

Horst Seehofer sharply criticizes new EU Commission

BInterior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has sharply criticized the new EU Commission. He had “high hopes”, but now he was “disappointed”, said Seehofer to the “mirror”. The new EU Commission headed by President Ursula von der Leyen has been in office since December 1, 2019. He was particularly dissatisfied with the migration policy. “I can […]

What majority is needed for this in the Bundestag?

Berlin It was a political explosive proposal that Angela Merkel (CDU) and Emmanuel Macron unexpectedly presented on Monday. And so the Chancellor’s and the French President’s push for a € 500 billion reconstruction fund is causing ongoing controversial discussions. This applies to the European level, where states like the Netherlands and Austria opposed the plan, […]

CSU wants with tax cuts and investments from the Corona crisis

Munich Less tax burden, more investments and premiums, less bureaucracy and more digitization: The CSU wants to lead Germany out of the corona crisis with a large stimulus package. This emerges from the seven-page key motion of the party executive with the title “Make Germany strong – learn from Corona and grow”, which is available […]

Merkel rejects higher taxes to finance Corona aid

Chancellor Angela Merkel underlined the importance of international cooperation between states. (Photo: AP) Berlin Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for further economic relief for the next phase of the corona pandemic. “It has been pointed out that the recovery phase must also be accompanied by economic stimulus programs,” said Merkel on Wednesday after a switch […]