The pension debate is also heating up again shortly before the general election. The CSU is making a well-known demand and it does not go down everywhere.
Munich / Osnabrück – Sooner or later the CSU will probably demand something in return for the fact that Markus Söder did not make it to the chair of the chancellor candidate for the federal election in 2021. With the additional party program of the CSU published on July 27, the Bavarian Prime Minister wants to make it clear what is negotiable and what is not – also in the pension debate.
In the program there are some demands that the CDU did not want to support in the joint election program. A prime example, in addition to various tax cuts, is the expansion of the maternal pension, i.e. the recognition of parenting benefits when calculating the pension. She is a long-running favorite in the CSU election campaign. As early as 2013 and 2017, it should hit the voters’ sense of justice. In 2021 it would be a coalition condition, Söder announced several times.
Söder’s demand for the federal election: “on the verge of irresponsibility”
The program says: “The completion of the maternal pension by the full third point for all mothers is a basic condition for us for the next federal government.” The CDU does not agree and asks where the money should come from.
A big point of contention within the Union but also outside of it: Employer President Rainer Dulger, for example, considers Söder’s demands to be “close to the limit of irresponsibility”. Politicians must finally stop turning a blind eye to reality, demanded Dulger on Thursday in the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.
The employer president emphasized that it was a “mistake to believe that a state is only social if it spends a lot of money.” Rather, a welfare state is one that motivates as many people as possible to participate. On the other hand, the much-helps-much ideology of some social democrats is unsocial. “Failed reforms are the most unsocial thing that can be done to future generations.”
Criticism of Söder’s promise to retire: “We have to be honest with the people”
Instead, Dulger called for the standard retirement age to be automatically linked to life expectancy. Employees should work longer and not retire early without deductions. If things continue as before, there is a risk of even higher social security contributions in the next few years. “We therefore have to be honest about social security and put the system to the test.”
This requirement is not new. The scientific advisory board of the Federal Ministry of Economics has already recommended a link between retirement age and life expectancy. Likewise Stefan Wolf, President of the employers’ association Gesamtmetall: “We have to be honest with the people: We will not be able to keep the retirement age at 67”, said Wolf in the NOZ. “In the next few years we will have a retirement age of 69 to 70 years have to talk. “(vs)