Bundestag election: CSU relies on tax breaks

Despite the clear rejection of tax breaks by CDU leader Armin Laschet, the CSU has not yet given up its hopes for relief in the coming election period. “Discharge remains an issue for the next term. We have to generate economic growth in order to get out of the crisis, ”said state group leader Alexander Dobrindt. To do this, the conditions for investment for companies would have to be improved. "We also want to give a clear relief signal for the middle of society."

Laschet had stated in the ARD summer interview on Sunday that he did not see any scope for tax breaks "at the moment", "we do not have the money."

There the CSU also wants to resolve its demand to double the employee savings allowance. "If you want to make provisions for tomorrow, you need our support today," said Dobrindt of the German Press Agency. According to the proposals of the CSU, the limit values ​​and the maximum funding amounts for the employee savings allowance should double. The current limits for home loan and savings contracts (17 euros) and share savings plans (900 euros) “we want to increase uniformly to 20 euros”.

SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans accused the Union's candidate for chancellor of confusing statements about tax relief. "Today Armin Laschet suddenly says: neither tax cut nor tax increase is possible, he has probably recalculated what the CDU and CSU have promised their clientele in the meantime," said Walter-Borjans. "Armin Laschet presents cabbage and beets, there can be no talk of a concept for him." Walter-Borjans specifically complained that the CDU and CSU election program called for the abolition of the solidarity surcharge, but Laschet refused tax cuts in the ARD interview would have.

Greens: "We are the underdogs"

With slogans such as “Economy and climate without a crisis”, the Greens want to present themselves as a party for optimists in their campaign for the federal election. “Our country can do a lot if you let it,” reads another slogan on the election posters. For the first time, the Greens also want to target voters who are older than 60 with their campaign. Traditionally, the Greens get a lot of votes, especially from younger voters.

In terms of their capacities, the Greens see themselves as outsiders in the election campaign. "We are the underdogs," said Federal Managing Director Michael Kellner on Monday at the presentation of his party's campaign. The election campaign budget of the Greens is only a good twelve million euros, while the CDU speaks of spending around 20 million euros. Kellner said it only had 117 members, while the SPD and Union had more than 000.

However, the number of members of the Greens has almost doubled compared to the time before the 2017 federal election. Kellner also spoke of a high level of mobilization within the party: This can be seen, for example, from the fact that the local party branches ordered three times as many posters from the headquarters as they did back then, and donations even increased fivefold.

Kellner attacked the CDU and CSU chancellor candidate Armin Laschet: It was a "serious mistake" that he rejected a "school and daycare summit" in the Corona crisis and referred to the jurisdiction of the countries. Politicians must concentrate on children and young people, and that requires “a coordinated and energetic approach,” said Kellner. At the same time, Laschet's summer interview on Sunday on ARD showed that it was still completely unclear how the Union wanted to achieve the internationally agreed climate targets. In addition, the CDU chief distanced himself from his own election platform when he said that tax cuts could not be afforded at the moment. In fact, the Union is planning to relieve the burden on the rich, for example by abolishing the solidarity surcharge.

 

Scheuer rejects the speed limit: "For some, a fetish"

Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer has clearly rejected calls for a speed limit on motorways in the federal election campaign. "The argument for a general speed limit is a political instrument of combat, for some even a fetish," said the CSU politician of the German press agency. “When making a choice, citizens can decide whether they want freedom of mobility - or restrictions and bans. And the Greens are right at the front. "

The minister emphasized that the system of recommended recommended speed of 130 kilometers per hour had proven its worth. About a third of the motorway network also already has a speed limit. “With alternative drives, automation and autonomous driving, the average speed will drop anyway.” It is currently 117 kilometers per hour. “The German autobahns are the safest roads in the world. We tend to have problems with road safety on country roads, that's what our focus must be on, ”said Scheuer.

In their election manifestos, the SPD and the Greens are demanding a general limit of 130 kilometers per hour on motorways, while the Left wants a maximum speed of 120. Union, FDP and AfD expressly reject a general speed limit. Scheuer also opposed making Tempo 30 the rule in urban areas and the previously applicable Tempo 50 the exception. "A general, area-wide Tempo 30 in city centers is too general for me."

SPD calls Laschet statements "fog candle"

The SPD has referred to statements by Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet about the participation of landlords in additional CO₂ costs for heating as a "smoke candle". Sören Bartol, deputy chairman of the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag, said: “I don't trust Armin Laschet across the street. We could have divided up the additional costs fairly long ago. Until recently, the real estate lobbyists within the CDU parliamentary group fought a fair division. "

Laschet has made it clear that landlords must expect to be involved in the additional costs in the future. "The current solution that the landlord does practically nothing will not last," said Laschet on Sunday in the ARD "summer interview". In the short term, just no other solution was conceivable, he added.

The federal government announced a compromise in mid-May: in future, landlords should bear half the costs of the CO₂ price that has been in effect since January 1st. The project failed due to the veto of the Union faction in the Bundestag. Bartol said the Union ministers had also been in favor of a 50/50 split. “I wonder where Armin Laschet has been in the last few months. And where this change of heart suddenly comes from. For me this is nothing more than a smoke candle. The real politics of the Union shows: Armin Laschet has nothing left for tenants, they are alone on the costs. His CDU is responsible for this. "

The owners' association Haus & Grund criticized Laschet's statements: "It would be wrong to relax the polluter-pays principle for the CO₂ price in tenancy law," said Gerold Happ, member of the federal management board. "Landlords have no influence on the tenants' heating behavior and hot water consumption." Both are decisive for CO₂ emissions and the resulting costs. As a result, the CO₂ price must also reach the tenants in order to develop a steering function.

Laschet: Neither tax increases nor tax cuts make sense at the moment

Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet sees no scope for both tax increases and tax cuts in the current situation. First of all, it is important how to get better income for the state again after the pandemic, said the CDU boss on Sunday in the ARD “summer interview”. During the crisis, a lot of money was used to obtain liquidity in the companies so that they could invest again now if possible. “Raising taxes now would be exactly the wrong approach. We have to get back to economic growth. ”This and a return to full employment will earn more money. Tax increases would be poison at the moment. Laschet added that there was not a single tax relief in the Union's election manifesto. "The basic message is: tax breaks at the moment, we don't have the money."

The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister confirmed that he would like to move to Berlin even in the event of a defeat in the federal election. "We're not talking about defeat now, but I'm coming to Berlin," he said. Laschet also assured a fair election campaign. Big changes are imminent. Germany is facing a change of epoch and should come back to factual debates. “As far as I am concerned, this campaign, like all of my campaigns, will be fair. I don't think that you should attack your opponent personally, but rather argue hard on the matter. "

Schäuble accuses Maassen of "provocations"

Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble has accused the CDU Bundestag candidate Hans-Georg Maaßen of targeted provocation as a tactic. “Mr. Maaßen tries to attract attention with provocations. That is obviously his style, but we shouldn't even ignore it, ”said Schäuble, himself a CDU politician.

The former President of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Maaßen, had repeatedly triggered outrage in the past few days with the accusation of tendentious reporting by public media. When asked whether there aren't also limits here, Schäuble said: “I heard that Mr. Maaßen has corrected his statements. But I advise him: If he wants to be as smart as he thinks he is, he shouldn't make statements too often that he has to correct afterwards. "

Maaßen was elected by the South Thuringian CDU as its direct candidate in constituency 196 (Suhl, Schmalkalden-Meiningen, Hildburghausen, Sonneberg) for the federal election on September 26th. When asked whether he would like Maaßen to be elected, Schäuble said: “The Union claims to win all constituencies, including in southern Thuringia. And we also want to integrate him into the Union and not exclude him. "