CDU and FDP flags before the Bundestag in Berlin: In the rafters of the coalition, it rumbles. Source: AP
HB BERLIN. Tax increases to reduce the debt burden will be to test the black-yellow coalition. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) agreed with the Germans on a billion cuts in health and Hartz IV. To clean up the budget "all citizens must contribute to them in a reasonable way." Pensions wants to retain the government.
Minister Rainer Brüderle went on a collision course: "There will be no tax increases with the FDP," he told the Hamburger Abendblatt. The state will not take too much money, but to give out a lot. FDP leader Guido Westerwelle graduated from a higher VAT. "Such a policy of permanent burden on the citizens with the FDP not to do," he told the Welt am Sonntag ". The tax was only three years ago increased from 16 to 19 percent.
Unions and the SPD warned of a social exploitation. The government should not save at the expense of workers and "ordinary people". SPD Chief Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned the Federal Government, not strangle the economy to a rigorous austerity. He proposed raising the top tax rate or charge too much more power. Every year, ten billion euros more would come into the state treasury.
"People want us to attribute the high debt"
The Liberals are a growing nervousness as to the of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the electoral debacle in North Rhine-Westphalia and the tax money they react Umfragentief. FDP Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger called the "mirror" to change course and criticized Westerwelle. "Each of us does not make everything right and can learn and improve, including the chairman."
The next Sunday it would be exciting in the Chancellery. Then the federal cabinet pulls back for two days to lay down markers for the budget 2011 and budget to 2014. The output requirements of the ministries to 2014 are now around nine billion euros over the planning.
Schäuble has only because of the debt brake ten billion annually by 2016 to save € or additionally earned. The Finance Minister spoke of a difficult but not impossible task. "Wish they could not be instruments of torment. The citizens, that we attribute the high levels of debt," he told the Bild am Sonntag ".
Federal Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU): "The citizens want us to attribute the high levels of debt." Source: AP
Schäuble sees room to save especially for Hartz IV benefits and unemployment benefits. "Something must be done." Also in the health sector wants the CDU-politician ran with cost. "The power of medicine has increased dramatically. And this has its price." He dare Health Minister Philippe Rösler (FDP), to deal with this huge task. Schäuble also stressed he would not save the welfare broken.
Rösler plans to reportedly hefty premium increases for high-income insured patients. Volunteer members of the public health insurance would have a premium increase of up to 63 € reckon a month, told the Berliner Zeitung at the weekend, citing government sources. It is conceivable that the existing surcharge would be replaced by a capitation payment of approximately € 30. In order to protect the low paid, at the same time should the income threshold at which the cash contribution does not rise further, be raised from 3750 € to 400 € per month. A "Focus" report suggests that this could affect up to 4.4 million of the approximately 70 million insured.
The Federal Ministry of Health said of speculation. The increase in the ceiling would bring about two billion euros, said a spokesman. This rich are far from enough to cover the expected deficit for 2011 in the statutory health insurance. "Whoever speculated that the earnings limit to be raised, only shows that he understands nothing of the matter".
Opposition, trade unions and social organizations to denounce opposition
Hesse FDP leader Joerg-Uwe Hahn took Schäuble at the front. This misunderstands the situation and be yourself ‘has become the instruments of torment "in the coalition. "With his woofs from the start he has become a burden on the federal government," said Hahn of the Leipziger Volkszeitung.
The government must adapt to fierce resistance from opposition, trade unions and social organizations. "We are ready, these conflicts if they come to take in the plants," said DGB, Michael Sommer, head of the magazine Super Illu.
Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer (CSU) wants to prevent massive cuts in its field. In addition to traffic education is a cornerstone of the sustainability of Germany. "The biggest investment of the federal budget is not a quarry," said Ramsauer the "mirror".
One day less vacation time suggested the CDU politician Andreas Lammel. "Every day that is worked in Germany for more, is good for the economy and thus for the tax revenue," he told the "Bild".