Lower Saxony's Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) is calling for pensioners to also pay 300 euros in energy money.

Many of them are "rightly angry that all workers get an energy allowance of 300 euros, but they get nothing," said Weil of the "Bild am Sonntag".

There is no logical explanation for this, because people of retirement age also have to heat, refuel and go shopping.

Weil announced that he would be happy to pay Lower Saxony's share and he "expects that the federal government will follow suit." This relief must come after the summer break at the latest.

The federal government had launched a relief package because of the high energy prices.

Among other things, this provides for a one-time payment of 300 euros for employed persons, which is subject to income tax.

It also includes a fuel discount and the nine-euro ticket, a one-time payment of 200 euros for Hartz IV recipients and a one-time children's bonus.

Weil also called for an increase in basic security.

This urgently needs to be adjusted to inflation.

In addition, politicians should not allow "energy companies to make exorbitant additional profits at the expense of consumers," he said in the interview.

He expects "that price controls in Germany and in Europe will be put to the test."