The CDU Chairman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has rejected the bulk of the social policy plans of the SPD. The proposals for qualification, you can talk to “you again,” said Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday evening in the ARD”Tagesthemen”.

Everything else, but it was “very critical”, in particular, that “support and Challenge as the principle is abandoned a good part of the way”. SPD Leader Andrea Nahles defended meanwhile the departure of your party of Hartz IV.

The social state concept of the social Democrats, provides for a decrease in sanctions for Hartz IV recipients to support violations, and a longer reference to the higher unemployment benefits for older unemployed, and more targeted training. After 58 years, it should be according to the will of the social Democrats up to three years of unemployment benefit I, to reward long-standing depositors, and to close the justice gaps in the System.

The SPD had previously submitted a concept for the basic pension. The plans of the Minister of labour, Hubertus Heil, a million life-to get-income earners after a long work automatically higher pensions. Small pensions are to be increased by up to 447 euros a month. The Union criticised that the actual requirement should not be checked.

On Wednesday evening, the tips of the CDU, CSU and SPD meet for a meeting of the coalition Committee. Kramp-Karrenbauer announced, to bring the basic pension plans there.

Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Monday evening in the ARD, they question why someone who works in the “every day, with his tax money, someone in solidarity, not support, of the we demand once more that he takes, for example, the reporting obligations, which he has, or the obligation that he has to participate in measures, true.” The CDU leader stressed that this difference of opinion was “no noise”. The SPD in its program proposals. They questioned whether the SPD subjects “are the right issues at the beginning of the year, in which we see that the economic data deteriorate, it goes to the question of dynamics and the future that questions the extent to which we make changes to the global Situation, about our security, political homework”.

Nahles said in the ZDF, the unemployed should experience the state as a “Partner and not as someone controlling you.” On the question of how the basic pension could be implemented with the coalition partner, she replied in the “heute-journal”: “We insist that it is implemented, as we need to talk about, of course.” The proposals for the new citizens of money and the extension of the unemployment benefits, were “first, a positioning of the SPD”.


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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.