And again Armin Laschet and Markus Söder quarrel. Bayer demands tax cuts after the election. Why the CSU boss is right this time. A comment by Georg Anastasiadis.
In Bavaria no gifts are given out – not even to common chancellor candidates and, in principle, not to the Söder conqueror Armin Laschet. He should therefore take it with composure that as a visitor to the CSU retreat in Seeon, the Bavarian beer mug flies towards him first.
Laschet does not want to make a promise of tax cuts because of the empty coffers in the election campaign, but Söders CSU insists on exactly that. A meanness? That too. Not even in office yet, the CSU is already questioning its (future) policy competence and the promise of financial solidity. But even if the power man Söder is not completely alien to dark motives: For him and his party, this is about much more than just revenge.
CSU retreat: Söder and Laschet in the tax dispute – for the CSU, success is vital
The recovery of many voters from the middle class and crafts, who are very annoyed by Söder’s tough lockdown policy and have turned to the Free Voters and FDP, is vital for the CSU People’s Party – also in view of the fact that the state elections are not too far off after the federal elections is.
That’s the tactical side. Moderate tax cuts, flanked by spending cuts to consolidate the budget, are also objectively required. The impending climate change is putting a drastic burden on citizens and companies. Normal earners can quickly bring this to the edge of their resilience and have them look out for political alternatives. And business owners will think three times about whether the necessary high investments in environmentally friendly technologies will pay off for them if Germany remains vice world champion in terms of taxes and duties or, as the Greens are demanding, the government continues to tighten the tax screw.
Even if the excited German climate debate suggests otherwise: The autumn election is not (only) about saving the global climate. But also about whether Germany can leave the corona crisis behind and remain globally competitive.