There is not much time left: at the beginning of July, the Union wants to present a joint electoral program. In terms of content, CDU and CSU are already on a wavelength in many respects. But how much money do they want to spend?
Munich (dpa) – The Union wants to take a double pledge in the Bundestag election campaign: tax reductions and further relief on the one hand, investment on the other. Details and scope are to be clarified until the presentation of the joint electoral program at the beginning of July.
She is very hopeful, but there is still a lot to do, said the CDU chairman and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel after discussions with the union heads of the federal and Länder in Munich.
As an electoral focal point, she named the topics economy, research security, education, digitalization and family policy. In addition, the future of social security systems had to be looked at.
CSU boss Horst Seehofer, who had discussed Merkel and other Union politicians on election campaigns on Sunday, said the CDU and CSU wanted tax relief and investment, not just one of both. “In all areas, from education to infrastructure.”
However, only promises that can be financed and not a “wish list” will be presented. Seehofer thus rejected statements by the SPD chancellor candidate, Martin Schulz, who had called the tax cuts inadvertently and had called for more investment.
At first, neither Merkel nor Seehofer wanted to quantify the extent of tax reductions and further relief. Merkel announced clarity until the presentation of the election program. Seehofer said it had not yet been decided, but on Sunday evening “in great agreement” was discussed.
Now various alternatives would be counted. “I have every reason now to assume that we will be very well informed in the tax question, in both parts, soli like income tax,” said Seehofer. Profit should be above all low and middle income. In addition, the aim was to relieve those who do not pay taxes. These are, for example, low-income earners with an income below the basic fare.
According to a CSU board meeting at the weekend, Seehofer had promised a “massive tax reform”. Internally, it became clear that the CSU is putting more than 15 billion euros in relief – that is the sum that the CDU top has so far regarded as a maximum limit. The cost of the gradual abolition of the solidarity surcharge should increase from the CSU perspective to the 15 billion. Both are still up until the “Soli” should be abolished – until 2025, as the CSU wants it, or until 2030.
There is also a disagreement within the Union with regard to “double pass”, which is more stringent rules for dual citizenship. There is a clear need for clarification within the CDU. “At this point, the party chairmen will continue to talk,” said Seehofer. The CSU requirement for a fixed upper limit for newly arriving refugees also remains a point of dissent. Merkel is strictly against it. Therefore, this point should only be in the CSU’s own “Bayernplan”.
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