The CDU leadership wants to start with a precise programme of work in the party and the coalition to a decisive election year of 2019.

On the second day of its Annual kick-off meeting in Potsdam, the party Executive, under the leadership of the new Chairman to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the priorities for different topics. It should be in addition to the migration policy, the situation in the new countries, the condition of Europe and of transatlantic relations, as well as the future of the pension.

these are the main topics of the CDU:

MIGRATION: A major role is likely to play Kramp-karrenbauer for February scheduled a “Workshop” for the migration policy. It is drawn with experts, a review of the situation and the functioning of the instruments of migration policy will be examined. Where appropriate, conclusions should be drawn.

European elections: A Central role for the European Parliament elections on 26 may. Play in may. Kramp-Karrenbauer has invited the top candidate of the European people’s party (EPP), the CSU Deputy Manfred Weber, for the exam. With Weber for the first time to compete in a common top candidate of the CDU and the CSU in the European elections. It is to be written is also a common choice program.

FRIEDRICH MERZ: Several CDU leaders have been behind Kramp-karrenbauer, and an end to the discussions about a future candidate for Chancellor requires. Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus said that the proposal of the Chairman: “It has always been so, also do so in the future.”

According to the view of the lower Saxony CDU boss Bernd Althusmann Kramp-karrenbauer, “undoubtedly, the first access right” on the next Chancellor candidate. The Berlin CDU Chairman Monika Grütters said: “We have a Chancellor. Therefore, the debate is unnecessary.”

ECONOMY AND TAXES: Kramp-Karrenbauer has repeatedly pointed out that after years of good economy threatened to Clouding. This means that you may have to readjust the government’s work. In the CSU and Parts of the CDU is now required is a complete removal of the solidarity surcharge in the year 2020. The coalition wants to relieve, mainly on the initiative of the SPD, the citizens of only tens of billions of a total of 20 billion euros in revenues from the solos. The would affect 90 percent of today’s Solizahler.

the state of Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister-President Daniel Günther (CDU) sees little room for tax relief for companies. “For the economy, I see other challenges that are significantly more important than tax cuts,” he said of the “Passauer Neue Presse” (Monday). “The economy needs a Giant professionals. We need investment in education and digitisation.” Kramp-Karrenbauer and Minister of economic Affairs, Peter Altmaier (CDU), spoke out against it for the relief for the economic sector, to protect them from a downturn. The SPD rejected the advances.

PENSION: Kramp-Karrenbauer puts the government under pressure and demands as quickly as possible a pension concept including a basic pension. To the question in the ARD”report from Berlin”, whether the CDU and the coalition could do this before the Landtag elections in the East in the autumn, she said: “There is a very clear expectation of the Federal government and the Federal government to the Federal Minister of labour that this theme is also taken up.”

The CDU wants to present according to their Chairman for a basic pension with a private concept. At the same time, she is waiting for the Minister of labour, Hubertus Heil (SPD) implementing the agreement of the coalition agreement and a proposal to make. Kramp-Karrenbauer responded to a paper of the Thuringian CDU-Chairman Mike Mohring, the want to see before the elections in the Eastern German States of Brandenburg, Thuringia and Saxony in the autumn results in the minimum pension.

Mohring had proposed the introduction of a basic pension, which is ten percent above the base backup. So he mainly targets people from the former GDR, the acquisition of which was broken biography after 1990. You occupational pensions and private Pension provision were absent today, since it had been impossible to build them up.

CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak said that in the coalition agreement established a pension Commission should work “from our point of view without blinders”, and a concept to present, how to design beyond the year 2030, the statutory pension insurance. The question of how to deal with the turn of broken employment histories, should be part of the work of the pension Commission. “At the end is clear: it is a holistic approach to retirement must be a concept.”


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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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