Even the biggest bazooka run out of ammunition

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz Someone has to pay back the money spent on coping with the corona crisis. (Photo: Reuters) The grand coalition wants to mitigate the massive consequences of the corona crisis with new aid worth billions for workers, companies, restaurants and schools. Short-time work benefits are to be increased in order to compensate […]

Hubertus Heil does not want to become candidate for chancellor of the SPD

Hubertus Heil The SPD politician does not want to be the top candidate of his party. (Photo: AFP) Osnabruck Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil does not want to run for the SPD for the chancellorship. Heil told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (Wednesday) that he had no ambitions to apply for the office. At the […]

Bhagwati: “Trump deeply violates US economic interests”

Berlin If there is one economist who is dedicated to a big topic, it is the Jag‧dish Natwarlal Bhagwati. The struggle for free trade runs like a thread through the life of the 85-year-old, who taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston in the 1970s and students like Paul Krugman, Kenneth Rogoff […]

Higher investments and tax cuts are not mutually exclusive

Olaf Scholz The finance minister does not have to hide demands behind the pretext that there is no financial scope. (Photo: AFP) At the beginning of budget planning, finance ministers like to count themselves poor to ward off too many wishes from their cabinet colleagues. But this year, this trick only works for Olaf Scholz […]

Should the CDU choose Ramelow?

Berlin Even though the Union and the SPD in the federal government quickly agreed on a clear line on how to deal with the Thuringia disaster on Saturday: how things will continue in the Erfurt state parliament remained unclear at the weekend. Left-wing faction leader Susanne Hennig-Wellsow asked the CDU to make a commitment to […]

Government parties are gaining popularity

Flags of the CDU and SPD The government parties were able to increase by one percentage point each. (Photo: AP) Berlin According to a new poll, the grand coalition is gaining some approval in the voters’ favor. The Union gains a point in the previous week’s comparison and remains the strongest party with 27 percent, […]

New basic dispute over the basic pension

Berlin The relief was palpable when the leaders of the grand coalition announced an agreement on the basic pension in November after hours of negotiations in the chancellery. “We have tied a big knot,” said CDU chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. The then provisional SPD leader Malu Dreyer spoke of a “socio-political milestone”. And for CSU boss […]

Union politicians consider postponing the basic pension if necessary

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer The CDU leader sees the basic pension as a “darn difficult topic”. (Photo: AP) augsburg The coalition dispute over the financing of the basic pension could also shake the start schedule. The Union parliamentary group is already considering introducing the basic pension not six months later than planned, but only six months later. […]