Berlin (Reuters) – Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet rejects an amendment to the debt brake in the Basic Law.
“I am against changing the constitution in order to then go into unlimited debts again,” said the CDU boss on Friday to the family entrepreneurs. “I don’t think that the debt brake can be lifted. The state also needs an obligation to handle citizens’ money carefully.” Laschet emphasized that the constitutional regulation was flexible enough even in the crisis. The Greens want to reform the debt brake.
The CDU boss contradicted Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock, who had called for the introduction of a property tax. The tax is bureaucratic and not targeted. Therefore, there will be no property tax with the Union, said Laschet with a view to possible coalition negotiations after the federal election.
The Union chancellor candidate also rejected the idea of going into the federal election with a shadow cabinet. “It’s not that easy,” said Laschet, pointing out that the Union currently belongs to the federal government and provides ministers. The CDU politician Friedrich Merz will “be in a strong line-up for the federal election,” he added. There are no ministerial posts to be distributed now.