23.10.2021 – 01:00
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Volker Wissing (FDP) on traffic light negotiations: “No alternative to this government alliance”
FDP General Secretary wants to “achieve real climate protection” – investments must be “solidly financed”
Osnabrück. FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing has ruled out a failure of the coalition negotiations for a traffic light alliance. “Failure is not an option. There are no viable alternatives to this government alliance,” Wissing told the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (NOZ). The talks will be conducted accordingly “responsibly and constructively”. The FDP politician emphasized that they wanted to “form a coalition of progress and modernization”.
Wissing affirmed that climate protection is also an important concern for the FDP. “All three parties know that it takes an enormous effort to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. We are ready and want to do our part to achieve real climate protection,” announced Wissing.
The Greens see an annual investment requirement of 50 billion euros over the next ten years. Wissing said: “We will negotiate with each other to what extent we invest.” He underlined that all investments “must be solidly financed”. “It is just as clear, however, that we have to pay attention to currency stability. Inflation is rising, which is why we are not responsible for a loosening of the debt brake. Tax increases also make no sense because not only the state, but above all the private sector is investing in climate neutrality must “, so Wissing in the” NOZ “.
The FDP General Secretary does not see investments as a state task alone. “The transformation of the economy towards climate neutrality, the implementation of digitization and the management of demographic change are Herculean tasks that the state cannot master alone,” emphasized Wissing. In a market economy, these are also the tasks of companies. “We have set ourselves an ambitious goal of making the necessary investments possible without increasing taxes,” said Wissing.
The FDP politician did not rule out changes in the income tax rate, however. “The fact that income tax is not mentioned in the exploratory paper does not mean that it will no longer be discussed. We are only just beginning the coalition negotiations,” said Wissing.
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