"Anne Will" to the SPD party congress: GroKo? There's something going on

              Monday, December 09, 2019
                By Sebastian Huld

              The majority of SPD members vote for a leadership duo that promises to end the coalition with the Union. The SPD party congress chooses just that duo to chair, which now finds a GroKo sequel imaginable. Kevin Kühnert shows his willingness to compromise on "Anne Will".
              Who has spent the weekend with Advent sensibilities instead of party live licks should be answered on Sunday evening at "Anne Will" probably the most important questions about the directional SPD party congress: What have the Social Democrats since Friday decided and what follows from it for Germany and its government? Decisive for the SPD is Kevin Kühnert. The Juso chairman sits as a newly elected deputy federal chairman in Will's studio. The confidante of the new SPD chairmen Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans is on paper only one of five deputies, but appears as another chairman next Esken and Walter Borjans. So much Juso was probably never in the SPD. In his new role, there is also another Kühnert who is more willing to compromise. The declared GroKo opponent must now explain, in which the demand decided by the congress for a new coalition agreement differs from earlier coalition negotiations. Kühnert says: in the readiness to let the GroKo burst, if the SPD demands are not fulfilled. Ziemiak blocks off sooner the SPD was already gone "with the compromise in the head into negotiations," says Kühnert. At the same time he admits: a red line, a clearly defined minimum, what the SPD wants to achieve, there is not. This opens up scope for counteracting anxiety in the face of any die-hard opponent of the Grand Coalition. Kühnert, who launched his campaign campaign against the current GroKo two years ago, says about the demanded renegotiation: "These are open-ended talks." But the CDU does not lure that. Secretary-General Paul Ziemiak rejects "Anne Will" negotiations on the SPD demands for more welfare state, more climate protection measures and investments without regard to the black zero outright. "There will be no talks about that, and there will be no negotiations on these issues," Ziemiak asserts. In addition, his refusal ignited mainly on the keywords minimum wage increase and debt. But why the coalition, which is so unpopular with voters and those involved, should simply continue, as hitherto, Ziemiak does not say. Especially as Will reminds that it was the CDU leader Kramp-Karrenbauer, who called for renegotiations on the common working basis in February.More investment? The negative attitude of Ziemiak and Kramp-Karrenbauer explains itself not from the point of view of the economy. The economist Clemens Fuest, president of the Ifo Institute, does not want to give up the belief in meaningful advancement in view of the SPD demands for more investment and the absence of red lines. "For me, this surprisingly opens up the chance that something comes out, which brings the country to the front," he says. At the same time it is Fuest, the only one in the round Ziemiak in his SPD criticism leaps, as he is the pure demand after more expenses and more minimum wage dismisses as pure symbolic politics. Money is available enough, but federal funding for various infrastructure projects would not be available. Keyword planning law: "You really have to tell the population," You can not talk about that much anymore. "", suggests Fuest. "If we make something progress on the subject of planning acceleration, then I'm happy," Ziemiak extends a hand to Kühnert sitting next to him, whom he persuades – you are not so spiteful at all.And here it flares up, the glimmer of hope for friends of political infirmity, who want to enjoy the GroKo even longer. Because of course, the CDU also has hopes and dreams for not quite two years until the next regular general election. In addition to a more efficient planning law, this is about the reform of corporate taxation. The CDU in turn has red lines: Ziemiak calls the sticking to the debt brake and warns of "Italian or Greek conditions". But with southern comparisons it is such a thing: they do not always fit. Ziemiak also says: "It can not work that we are like in a bazaar in this coalition, according to the motto: You get that, then we'll get it." Because pretty much it could just end up running so that all partners of the government alliance find a new meaning and perhaps even a little joy in their cooperation. That then Kühnert would belong to those who had breathed new life into the GroKo, may at first seem like a punch line. But sometimes that's the way it goes when the rebels of yore once take the helm.

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