BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The FDP is keeping options open for possible government participation before the federal election. The FDP general secretary Volker Wissing, who was confirmed in office, set up guard rails for political cooperation on Saturday. In addition to tax increases, he also rejected further debt to deal with the consequences of the corona pandemic. In addition to state investments, Germany also needs private investments, for example in research and development or in digitalization and artificial intelligence, said Wissing in his speech at the FDP federal party conference. “Anyone who wants to burden our economy with higher taxes in this situation must answer the question of how private investments should then be financed.”
With Wissing’s speech at the digital federal party conference, the deliberation of the election platform for the federal election on September 26th began. 540 amendments had been submitted to the draft. There were hours of debate.
Higher taxes always meant restrictions on freedom for workers, said Wissing. “Performance must not be taxed away, especially in difficult times, because it is the performance of the people that sustains our state and on which we are dependent if we want to face the great challenges of our time.”
The FDP does not overlook the financial needs of the state, said the General Secretary of the Liberals, who was confirmed the day before with 86 percent in office. Solid public finances are necessary, however. Wissing emphasized that this question was “non-negotiable” for the Free Democrats. “Because we want a state capable of acting in the future too, we reject a loosening of the debt brake.”
Wissing emphasized that climate protection was important for his party as the exercise of responsibility for future generations. “And we are particularly ambitious in this, because we want to legally stipulate the maximum permissible amount of CO2 emissions. This is the only way to guarantee the climate protection targets and not just achieve them,” he said. “Why the Greens of all people lag behind these ambitions remains their secret.” The FDP is relying on technical solutions. As an example, he cited combustion engines, the prohibition of which makes no sense if they could be operated with synthetic fuels in a climate-neutral manner.
Wissing called for a strong team of different men and women with Christian Lindner at the head of the Bundestag election campaign. “We are not running to help others into the Federal Chancellery, we want to ensure that our country does not drift into the blind state belief that actually paralyzes a society instead of strengthening it,” he said. Citizens are not subjects to whom governments can grant rights as privileges. Wissing: “And we don’t want people to be forced to do without, because pessimistic politics deny them the opportunity to combine climate protection goals and freedom in the competition of ideas.” / Cn / DP / zb