The SPD is considering, according to the Secretary-General Lars Klingbeil, to Finance its welfare reform plans with an increase in the top tax rate and a wealth tax. “First of all, we currently have tax revenues that are there,” said Klingbeil, in the ZDF-“morning magazine”.

For the preservation of the welfare state had to be “super rich take responsibility for their actions”. And: “The wealth tax, a point that we think as SPD is.” He observed that “the gap in this country between the Poor and the rich”.

Klingbeil defended the thrust of the SPD Minister of labour, Hubertus Heil, long-time contributors without an examination of the need for a basic pension above the Hartz to guarantee that the IV levels. Such a means test was not “practicable”. The proportion of low-income earners, would not be entitled to claim, was “so low that it doesn’t justify a bureaucratic apparatus to build, the checked again and again, the pensioners,” he said. The basic pension is provided for in the coalition agreement, however, coupled to the means test.

Against the suspect, the SPD wool to provoke with your socio-political push for a break-up of the Grand coalition, fought back to Klingbeil. “We want to govern. But we want to rule with ideas that are at the height of the time,” he said. The majority of the people stand behind the demands of the SPD. He was sure that it would also give the Union movement.

The SPD Board of Directors had decided on Sunday on a proposal from the Chairman, Andrea Nahles, acting unanimously on a package for a Reform of the labour market, an easing of Hartz IV and better financial services for children.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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