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Federal government moves not dependent on economy package

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Rainer Brüderle sieht das Wachstum "weit über zwei Prozent". Quelle: dpa

Rainer Brüderle sees growth "well over two percent. " Source: AP

HB BERLIN. Strong economic growth has triggered hopes of fewer new debt, but also calls for adjustments to the austerity measures . Estimates from the SPD, the federal deficit this year could fall below 60 billion euros, the Ministry of Finance considers to be excessive. There continues to be of around € 65 billion in new loans from . The SPD budget expert Carsten Schneider asked the government to use the strong economy to changes in their austerity and a more social orientation. Earners and the economy would have to be called to pay more . Also from the CDU – wing workers came demands for higher taxes for the rich.

Several newspapers and magazines reported , citing government sources , will in the Federal Ministry for this year now expected to grow by three percent. The ministry did not confirm this , although many experts now tend in that direction. A spokeswoman merely pointed to remarks by Minister Rainer Brüderle , which now owns "well over two percent for 2010 to be possible. So far the government is still officially with growth of 1.4 percent. Employers President Dieter Hundt called the " Hamburger Abendblatt a growth rate of 2.5 percent, which he considers to be achievable . In the fall , the number of three million unemployed are below . The economy is still not back to pre-crisis .

The good economic activity and thus tax figures show the budget policy of the coalition appears to fear a slackening of the savings will. The Finance Ministry warned that one should not extrapolate the positive development during the first months easy. Yet let the no reliable conclusions on the Neuverschuldungszahlen the full year. Originally the government had set for 80 billion euros. Nevertheless, it does now from just over € 65 billion in new debt to the federal government. Financial Secretary Werner Gatzer had recently said in a Reuters interview , significant improvements he did not expect at present.

The Finance Ministry made it clear that it will stay with the savings decisions of the coalition. It received support from coalition politicians. So said CDU Secretary General Hermann Gröhe the newspaper Die Welt that "it is imperative to maintain the rigorous austerity . The FDP budget expert Otto Fricke told the newspaper that it was a mistake to assume that more money could be spent now . "We have less than new debt , "he said.

The deputy leader of the CDU, Michael Fuchs , sees the time for the exit from the crisis of the state programs had come. Because the economy grow so strong, one must think about an end to the short-time working arrangements more quickly , he told the newspaper. Also the bank rescue fund and the fund for Germany were put to the test .

The SPD – called ‘budget cutters in the " Bild " -Zeitung, burdening the profiteers of the strong recovery, namely higher income and economy stronger. In addition, the government should abolish the tax reduction for hotel accommodation and back again cuts in social spending. The head of the Workers’ group of the Union Group, Peter White , brought in the online service of the " Handelsblatt " an increase of the rate of 45 percent for the rich "to one or two percent " in conversation. Even one percentage point would save the State € 400 million addition that could be invested in social affairs.