the head of The economic experts, Christoph Schmidt, has criticised the reform plans of the SPD for the welfare state. Especially, the duration of unemployment benefits should be extended for older workers in nearly three years, interferes with Schmidt. The party chic, “the labour market and pensions, turning the political wheel there and back again”, said the Chairman of the expert Council for the assessment of overall economic situation in the süddeutsche Zeitung.

The “long duration of unemployment benefit” was “a Problem” had been overcome with the labour market reforms of Agenda 2010, Schmidt said. Until then, it had been all too often as a fairly adequate bridge in the pension miss. For an ageing society, but this is the wrong way to go. “It seems to me that the painful experiences of the past are now completely forgotten, as the economy has sought policy is still in desperate need Because of a huge Base of long-term unemployment,” said Schmidt.

The economist also criticised the so-called unemployment benefit Q and the plan to increase the minimum wage to twelve Euro. “The last years of a period of favourable economic conditions, but that need not remain so.” The evaluation, even at a height of twelve Euro, there would be no negative effects, he could not understand “in view of the effect of wage increases on employment – well, not equally well-made is meant to be”.

The SPD decided on Sunday, a welfare state concept that, among other things, a new citizen money instead of the controversial Hartz-IV-system as well as longer terms for the unemployment benefit. The Federal Minister of labour, Hubertus Heil (SPD) wants to put in the plans for a basic pension without a means test. The coalition partner of the CDU and CSU already warn of a sharp left-hand course of the social Democrats.