In the dispute over the planned basic pension called the state of North Rhine-Westphalia labour Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU), the SPD on the agreement reached with the Union.

“I propose here a compromise,” said Laumann of the German press Agency in Berlin. Necessary a means test with a sense of proportion is. “The only way there will be an agreement with the Union.”

Federal Minister of labour, Hubertus Heil (SPD), had called with his bill on a basic pension without means-testing outrage at the Union. Laumann reiterated that from his point of view should be taken into account in the examination, who do not get a revaluation of small pensions, only current income. The assets accumulated or the size of the apartment should not be checked.

“now, by the Federal Minister of labour presented the basic annuity concept is a disappointment,” said Laumann. Tax money is there in Abundance. “We need to help the needy,” he said. Laumann threw healing stubbornness and a flat election campaign manoeuvre. Salvation concept is a disappointment, because he and Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) worked with the Finance with unsecured cheques. In order to cover the billions in costs for a basic pension, the SPD, among other things, with revenue from a financial transaction tax, which is not yet available.

Also, the CSU General Secretary Markus flower criticized the SPD plans sharp. “While Europe is ahead of days of Destiny, organized by the SPD chaos days in the coalition,” he told the “Passauer Neue Presse” (Thursday). A basic pension without a means test, for instance, was wrong, because you are speaking to the coalition agreement, and the solidarity of all taxpayers taking advantage of, so flower.

The Union budget politician Axel Fischer said that suggestions of healing are “as old as worn-out stock themes for a populist-ideological campaign, with the SPD gullible voters want to influence”. With your advance of the SPD claims the social cohesion and the economic performance of Germany, Fischer explained, the “Augsburger Allgemeine” (Thursday).

The Deputy Federal Chairman of the Christian Democratic workforce (CDA), Christian Bäumler, keeps the resistance of the Union, however, is wrong. “The CDU must be in the basic pension willing to compromise,” he told the “Handelsblatt” (Thursday). “We must treat educated people worked for decades, children, relatives have cared for, not like Hartz-IV-receiver.”

The SPD defended their controversial plans. “We go with a bold proposal in the debate,” said the Vice-Chairman Katja Mast of the dpa. According to the draft law, the salaries of the people are to be upgraded with a small pension after 35 years of contribution. Finances the basic pension is to be, among other things, the unwinding of the so-called Mövenpick tax, with the VAT rate for hotel accommodation in 2009, of 19 to 7 per cent, had been lowered. Mast called it correctly, “the tax privileges for the few is to abolish” and celebrate instead the life of millions of people.

SPD-Deputy Manuela Schwesig has defended the plans as well: “The basic pension is important for people who have worked all their lives a lot. You will help many women and East Germans,” said the Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein, the “New osnabrück newspaper” (Thursday).

The pension policy spokesman of the FDP parliamentary group, Johannes Vogel, described the SPD plans as “downright appalling”. He sees the Union of co-responsibility. “The CDU and CSU are jointly responsible for the pension policy, which goes on for years and years, to the detriment of the Younger ones,” he said of the “Passauer Neue Presse” (Thursday). “The Union is looking into this issue for weeks, without being self-initiative.”