Coalition dispute over basic pension: Brinkhaus insists on means test





The SPD and the Union have been arguing over the design of the land rent for months. But they will not agree – on the contrary. The fronts are hardening: After a bursting top meeting union leader Brinkhaus a solution without means test now a clear rejection.


In the dispute of the governing coalition over the basic rent, Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus has ruled out a solution without means test. "That will not work with us," said the CDU politician of the "world" (Monday edition). "We do not want to distribute tax money to people who do not need the support."

His group is unwilling to "overrule the principles of the pension and the basic benefits system," Brinkhaus told the newspaper. "To the very bottom of the workforce" he feels, "that people do not understand when people get additional money from the state, although they do not need it."

Also from the ranks of young CDU deputies were the critical Voices on a basic pension compromise without means test louder. The Hamburg CDU politician Christoph Ploss told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Monday editions), he expected of CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, "that it makes it clear to the SPD that can not make a departure from the coalition agreement with the CDU". He emphasized that the agreement on a basic pension provided for in the coalition agreement was already a compromise.

Peak meeting surprisingly postponed

The Baden-Wuerttemberg member of the CDU, Felix Schreiner, described a solution to the basic pension without neediness as a "termination of the intergenerational contract ". "It can not be that in the end benefit those who do not need it and have other income," said the 33-year-old the newspapers of the Funke Media Group.

SPD and Union have been arguing for months about the Structure of the basic pension. There is agreement that all those who have 35 years of contributions have a pension ten percent above the basic security. That was also agreed in the coalition agreement. But who exactly should receive the pension supplement? The Union insists on the test of actual need agreed in the coalition agreement, which the SPD rejects.

Actually, a peak meeting was scheduled for Monday evening to bring about a final agreement. This peak meeting was surprisingly postponed on Sunday. It should now take place on November 10th. Both sides justified the postponement with the need for further clarification.

As a compromise line, a solution had been found over the weekend that the payment of the basic pension would be made dependent on the income of the pensioner and not on a means test, in which would include all assets. On the other hand, there was resistance in the Union faction.

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