Berlin (dpa) - "The GroKo can present a really decent balance sheet": Before the beginning of the SPD party congress, the unions have warned the Social Democrats urgently against an exit from the grand coalition.
The DGB chairman Michael Hoffmann, from whom the quote comes, cited as justification on implemented coalition projects such as the "stabilization of pensions" and the return to the same amount of health insurance contributions for employees and employers. IG-BCE leader Michael Vassiliadis also wrote in a letter to senior management at his industrial union that workers would not be served should the federal government stop working.
The SPD wants to vote at the three-day party congress their new top and determine their course in the coalition. It took a long time for the party to make a definite decision about the unloved alliance with the Union. The executive's motion for the meeting also deals with the future formation of the SPD in the coalition, but avoids a recommendation. Instead, demands are made as to what the SPD of the Union should impose on political concessions.
DGB boss Hoffmann told the "Augsburger Allgemeine" (Friday) with a view to the achievements so far: "One should confidently acknowledge this within the SPD - knowing that in a coalition is always synonymous to compromise." Vassiliadis wrote in his The German Press Agency letter: «It would be good if the party would continue to follow the line that has already distinguished them in the past. Social Democratic policy is always concrete and employee-oriented. This must continue to apply, especially if the party wants to bring new issues into the coalition with a new claim to design. »
On the other hand, the climate protection movement Fridays For Future warned the SPD not to be satisfied with climate protection. In an open letter to the congress, the movement called for "doubting the future of the coalition". The climate protectors are also planning protests at the party congress.
However, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's SPD Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig does not see much time for negotiations with the Union on improvements to the coalition agreement. "The constant debate" GroKo yes or no? " must come to an end, "said Schwesig, who had retired due to illness vom kommissarische party chairmanship, the editorial network Germany (Friday). "This decision should not delay the SPD." The citizens would trust the SPD only if they could recognize the course of the party.
Saar Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) demanded a clear signal from the SPD party congress to stabilize the coalition. "Otherwise it can not go on," said the CDU executive committee member of the German Press Agency in Berlin. For the Union is clear: "We will not renegotiate in any case in view of the coalition agreement."
The Board's proposal for a future party calls for the negotiations with the Union to raise the minimum wage to € 12 in the long run and, for climate protection, calls for "allowing a higher CO2 price". He stipulates that billions in government investment will not fail in "dogmatic positions" such as black zero, ie a balanced federal budget. A task of the black zero does not challenge the executive committee directly.
However, Saskia Esken, chairwoman-designate, told the Süddeutsche Zeitung (online): "It's black-and-white waste." She added: "The point is, Olaf Scholz, with a view to the Federal Finance Minister, who promotes strict budgetary discipline in the future will implement even more of what the party wants. »
Vice Chancellor Scholz had positioned himself in the race for the SPD presidency as a clear coalition advocate. Together with his application partner Klara Geywitz, he was defeated in the SPD member survey but the duo from the member of parliament Esken and the former North Rhine-Westphalian Minister of Finance Norbert Walter Borjans. Both formally require confirmation by the approximately 600 party delegates.
As deputy Geywitz and the Saarland SPD leader Anke Rehlinger should be elected. There could be a battle vote for the third vice-post. Juso boss Kevin Kühnert, who led the resistance against the coalition and also contributed significantly to the victory of Eskens and Walter-Borjans, stands for it as well as Labor Minister Hubertus Heil. So far, a reduction of the deputy from six to three is planned. The party congress could also decide for four deputies.
Vassiliadis advocated strengthening those in the SPD who were in the government for "worker-centered policy and industrial policy competence." This is aimed at the two ministers Scholz and Heil.
The industry association BDI criticized the demands of the SPD-Leitantrags. The CO2 price is treated "purely on sociopolitical aspects", without taking into account the competitiveness of medium-sized industry, said BDI President Dieter Kempf the newspapers of the spark media group.
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