Acting SPD chairman Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel has defended his party's plans to reintroduce property tax. "About 45 families in Germany own as much assets as 50 percent of the German citizens," said the Hessian fraction leader on ZDF. "We have experienced a tremendous imbalance in recent years."
Even in the financial market and economic crisis, there were considerable winners, said Schäfer-Gümbel. "And that's one of the issues that we keep coming up against, that we're not resolute enough to tackle it, that could have been done through the inheritance tax, that's not possible with the Union, and that's why we are sorting out now and concluding our line for a federal election program for the next federal election. "
CDU: A superfluous envy debate of the SPD
Schäfer-Gümbel and the Saxon Minister of Economic Affairs and SPD leading candidate Martin Dulig will present their plans during the day in the course of the day. First of all, the party presidium deliberates on the plans. The concept for the introduction of a wealth tax is therefore based on the Swiss model: The tax should be at one percent of assets and bring the state up to ten billion euros per year. According to Schäfer-Gümbel, who headed the respective SPD working group, there are supposed to be exceptions: "We want to work with allowances so that the wealth tax does not fall due until a certain asset."
The plans for the SPD can only be realized in an alliance with the Greens and the Left, because the Union strictly rejects the reintroduction of a wealth tax. The budget expert of the Union faction, Eckhardt Rehberg, accused the Social Democrats of holding an envious debate. "The SPD divides the society," said the CDU politician in the NDR. "Today, we already have the situation that the top ten percent of taxpayers pay 60 percent of the tax volume, which means that strong shoulders shoulder more than weaker people today."
CSU boss Söder: "Exactly the wrong signal"
Also CSU boss Markus Söder gave the SPD demand a refusal. "The property tax is an old hat and a wrong path, and again and again the SPD pulls him out of his pocket - again and again without success," said the Bavarian Prime Minister of the German Press Agency. Such a levy is neither reasonable nor feasible. "In a cooling economy, this leads to a massive burden of SMEs and jobs. It is exactly the wrong signal." In the face of economic dips and negative interest rates, Germany currently needs precisely "the opposite: finally tax cuts," stressed Söder. Therefore, his answer to the SPD proposal was a clear no.
Söder said shortly before the beginning of the Union meeting in Dresden, in which a week before the difficult elections for CDU and CSU state elections in Saxony and Brandenburg, the tips of the sister parties meet for a two-day retreat. Under the leadership of CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Söder, it will be discussed how investments in innovation and technology, reduction of bureaucracy, competitiveness and growth can be promoted. Moreover, easing the burden on the public by reducing the solidarity surcharge as quickly as possible, as well as relieving companies of their burdens.