The Deutsche Industrie – und Handelskammertag (DIHK) has criticized the budget plan of the Federal Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) as inadequate. “From the Federal budget in 2020, the expected signal for Germany as a business location is not, unfortunately,” said DIHK President Eric Schweitzer of the New Osnabrücker newspaper. It is not enough that the Federal wool do without new debt. Rather, taxes would have to be, and depreciation conditions improved reduced.

Scholz wants to introduce this Wednesday the basic parameters of the Federal budget. The design according to the budget in the coming year is expected to grow by 1.7 per cent to 362,6 billion euros. By 2023, a further increase up to 375,1 billion euros. New debt to it, as in past years, will not give.

The Finance Minister, warned his Counterparts in a template for the Cabinet meeting to a “budgetary discipline” in the coming years. A budget without new debt is in the face of economic risks “not a matter of course”.

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The länder and local authorities, have criticised the Etatpläne in terms of the financial resources for the care of refugees. Scholz wants to reduce the Federal subsidy to the refugee costs. So far, the Federal government gives € 4.7 billion per year, will this reduce to about 1.3 billion. “The proposal of the Federal Minister of Finance is beyond the pale,” said North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) of the Rheinische Post.

Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) warned of the cuts. As a result, the Integration could be jeopardized. His Hessian counterpart, Volker Bouffier (CDU) criticized, Scholz attempts “to steal loads of the countries”. It will give “considerable discussion”.

The budgetary policy spokesman of the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Johannes Kahrs, however, defended the planned cuts. “If you stick to what you promised, is not worthy of criticism, but really,” said Kahrs of the Rheinische Post.