Coalition issue taxes: Wissing irritates the SPD and the Greens

Status: 10/27/2021 7:37 a.m.

Finding a common line in terms of tax policy is likely to be the most difficult for the SPD, Greens and FDP. FDP General Secretary Wissing criticized the potential partners and warned of a relapse “into election campaign mode”.

As of today, representatives of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP are fighting in 22 working groups for compromises, on the basis of which a joint traffic light coalition is to come about in the end. It is already clear that this search for unity will be quite difficult on some issues – for example, when it comes to taxes.

Even before the working groups have even started their deliberations, the signs are pointing to a dispute. In a conversation with the Funke media group, the General Secretary of the FDP, Volker Wissing, was irritated by statements made by the two potential government partners, the SPD and the Greens.

No “scope” for a tax plus

The reason for the upset was the appearance of SPD chancellor candidate Scholz and the chairman of the Greens, Robert Habeck, in the ARD broadcast “Anne Will” on Sunday. Both the Social Democrats and the Greens had campaigned for a tax increase for top earners in order to provide greater relief to citizens with low or middle incomes. But it is unlikely to come of this for the time being – and from the point of view of the SPD and the Greens this is mainly due to one thing: the FDP.

Scholz and Habeck were unanimously convinced that relief would only be possible with increasing tax revenues. But without the tax increases prevented by the FDP, there would be no room for maneuver.

“Don’t fall back into campaign mode”

Wissing now contradicted this. It is of no use “if every negotiating partner talks about what he would do if he could rule alone”. The SPD and the Greens should not fall back into “election campaign mode” now. And he further criticized:

First of all, I am surprised that the tax increases that the SPD and the Greens called for in the election campaign should constantly be used for something else. First for climate protection, now for relief.

At the same time, Wissing reaffirmed his party’s tax policy stance. Germany needs investments, for example in the private sector, in order to be able to implement the goal of climate neutrality. The Federal Republic wants to achieve this by 2045. “And tax increases are the absolute investment killer,” warned Wissing.

The three possible coalition parties agree on at least one thing: if it doesn’t work out with the help of tax increases, they want to try to relieve middle and small incomes in other ways. Scholz and Habeck jointly emphasized this on Sunday, and Wissing also assured that the FDP was keeping this project “firmly in view”, since these exemptions were “more than appropriate”.

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