But of course we know that the situation in the country can worsen if food prices or heating costs continue to rise. Then we have to decide as a traffic light: How can we further relieve the people who have particularly little? We will certainly have to increase basic security. No one can ignore the fact that, given the increase in the cost of living, an increase in standard rates is necessary.
We will certainly not be able to continue this 1:1, because the expansion of public transport is also part of it. But we are thinking about what a permanent successor to the 9-euro ticket could look like: What would be an attractive offer that people would take advantage of? Here the federal and state governments are called upon to develop ideas together.
We have provided many billions for climate protection with an energy and climate fund and passed the amendment to the Basic Law for the special fund for the Bundeswehr.
In view of the crisis situation, we will continue to find ways and means of being able to act. We are in an emergency situation. And yet basic child security will come, it is important for social cohesion.
And employers and public institutions that hire long-term unemployed people receive wage subsidies from the state for the first few years. We want to continue this as a traffic light. When we discuss the budget for 2023 in Parliament, that must be secured.
I therefore see it as our political responsibility to send a clear signal that we will not let people down and that we see them with their concerns and needs.
But we are taking action, we have brought the largest energy and climate package through the Bundestag. The same will apply to the relief measures in the crisis and against inflation. Incidentally, this also includes the minimum wage of 12 euros, which will apply from October 1st. This is an important signal of fair remuneration.
When we consider that this terrible war is raging in the middle of Europe, 1200 kilometers from Berlin, then we see: This could be our life. Until February 24, people in Ukraine lived freely and independently, just like us, whether in Berlin or Bielefeld. What is happening there now endangers our peace and security order. I experience a lot of solidarity in the population.
We seek dialogue with citizens. Of course, we sometimes struggle with these decisions too: both in terms of coal and arms deliveries. They are difficult trade-offs. But the course is widely supported, both in the party and in the population. And I am glad that we are making these decisions together with people like Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck.
It would be strange if the youth movement or environmental organizations said about the climate: “Everything they’re doing is great, we don’t need it at all.” No, movements are a driver for concerns and those who work on implementation in Parliament work.
There have not been so many elementary, groundbreaking decisions in the area of climate and energy in the last 16 years. There is certainly always a different way of looking at the question of whether the glass is half full or half empty. In these times of crisis, we are doing what is possible and will not let up in this commitment.
The corona crisis has shown how it can work, that companies can do big things. In the home office area, for example, a lot has been made possible. Even now, the willingness is great, for example when it comes to saving energy. Only a few feel restricted.