BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – In the Bundestag, an exchange of blows is expected on Wednesday about the government policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the management of the Corona crisis. The occasion is the debate on the budget of the Chancellery. The general debate is traditionally the climax of the budget debates in Parliament.
The focus this year is likely to be on the action of the grand coalition in the corona pandemic. In contrast to the debates about individual budgets, which are disputed by the respective specialist politicians, Merkel and the chairmen of the parliamentary groups take the floor in the general debate.
Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) introduced the budget for 2021 to parliament on Tuesday. After the budget week ends on Friday, the expenditure plans are discussed in the budget committee and, as a rule, something is changed. The Bundestag should finally adopt the figures by the end of the year.
In the fight against the crisis, Scholz is planning again with high debts of almost 100 billion euros. This is necessary, on the one hand, to allow important economic stimulus programs such as bridging aid and short-time working allowances to continue, but on the other hand to invest in climate protection and structural change, said the Vice Chancellor.
Above all, Scholz’s plans for the period from 2022, when he still has gaps in budget planning, are controversial. The Greens and the Left are in favor of tax increases, the Union and FDP in favor of putting federal spending to the test ./tam/DP/fba