Shortly before deciding on the CDU presidency candidate Annemary Kramp-Karrenbauer has proposed relief for small pensions. "I would like to focus on small pensions and apply the old rule of 'more net of gross'," said the CDU secretary-general of the newspaper "The World". She wants to start with the contributions to the health and long-term care insurance: "With these contributions, we should relieve the people."

According to the report, she imagines that these contributions will be fully covered by pensions for pensions of up to € 500. With pensions of up to 1000 euros, the contributions should therefore slowly approach the normal employee share. Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to use tax funds for financing.

With the proposal, Kramp-Karrenbauer also distinguished himself from her rival for the succession of Angela Merkel as CDU leader, Friedrich Merz. The former union faction leader had made headlines over the weekend with the proposal to favor the private supplementary retirement savings on shares.

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier, who supports the candidacy of Kramp-Karrenbauer, turned against a special promotion for retirement provision on shares. "I have no objection to promoting the acquisition of shares in the future, but the stock purchase may not be preferred over all other forms of investment by an extra allowance," said the CDU politician of the "Rheinische Post" (Thursday).

The CDU federal party congress decides on the Merkel successor on Friday. Kramp-Karrenbauer and Merz are considered the two most promising candidates.