Magdeburg (AP) - Shortly before a groundbreaking vote on the new State Treaty on Broadcasting, the black-red-green coalition in Saxony-Anhalt is looking for ways out of their deadlocked dispute.
The SPD and the Greens want to contribute to the contribution increase - coalition partner CDU wants to prevent the increase by 86 cents, as does the AfD.
Should the conservatives enforce their position with the help of the AfD, the SPD and the Greens could leave the coalition in protest.
Today the coalition committee is discussing the next steps for the government alliance.
On Wednesday, the media committee is to submit its recommendation for the state parliament, which is considered to be groundbreaking for the vote in the state parliament in mid-December.
In order not to have to vote together with the AfD, but still prevent a contribution increase in the election year 2021, the CDU wants to bypass the state parliament in the decision.
According to dpa information, the parliamentary group wants to introduce a proposal to the media committee that is based on proposals from the state chancellery.
The proposals were submitted to the dpa, previously “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” and “Spiegel” had reported on them.
Among other things, it refers to the fact that the data basis for the premium adjustment is no longer meaningful due to the unexpected corona pandemic.
The state government is therefore asked to work towards a supplementary report in the broadcasting commission of the federal states and to initiate renegotiations as to whether a deviation from the 18.36 euros appears necessary.
The parliamentary group wants all of this to be understood as an offer to the coalition partners.
However, since the contribution increase on January 1st would be canceled for the time being, but the SPD and the Greens want to support it, the consent of the two junior partners of the CDU is questionable.
Neither the Greens nor the SPD knew of the CDU application on Monday evening.
CDU boss Holger Stahlknecht saw the two parties responsible after the proposal by the State Chancellery and the CDU parliamentary group.
"Subject to the approval of the CDU parliamentary group, the ball is now with the coalition partners," said Stahlknecht of the dpa.
"I assume that they are aware of their responsibility for the country and are not questioning the coalition."
In view of the nationwide dimension of the decision, federal politicians from the SPD and the Greens had sharply criticized the attitude of Saxony-Anhalt's CDU.
On Tuesday, the Federal Political Director of the Greens, Michael Kellner, called on the CDU to agree to the premium increase.
"If the CDU prefers to do common cause with the constitutional enemies of the AfD on such a central democratic question, instead of strengthening public broadcasting, then the Union will leave the business basis of the Kenya coalition," said Kellner to the editorial network Germany.
Criticism also came from within the Union.
"It is regrettable that the radio contribution is now being discussed back and forth," said Bavaria's media minister Florian Herrmann of the "Augsburger Allgemeine" (Tuesday).
"Bavaria stands by the compromise that has been found and considers the contribution adjustment by 86 cents to be appropriate and necessary," said the CSU politician of the newspaper.
The state AfD, on the other hand, reinforced the CDU in its rejection and called on the party again to stick with it.
"We as the AfD are ready to help the CDU to vote against the increase in the license fee and to set an example," said parliamentary group leader Oliver Kirchner.
The media policy spokesman for the AfD parliamentary group, Tobis Rausch, also offered help to the CDU in the event that the coalition should break up due to the dispute.
"A minority government of the CDU, six months before the state elections, would be a conceivable and sustainable alternative," said Rausch.
The CDU and AfD are the two largest parliamentary groups in the Magdeburg state parliament and together have 51 out of 87 seats in the House.
Saxony-Anhalt's CDU is the only parliamentary group in the Union that does not want to agree to the increase.
All the other 15 state parliaments want to ratify the State Treaty, most of them have already done so.
However, the approval of all countries is required for the contribution to come into force on January 1st.
The radio license fee is the main source of income for ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio.
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