In mid-November, the Federal Constitutional Court’s ruling on the debt brake ensured that the traffic light government is missing many billions of euros – specifically 17 billion for the 2024 federal budget. At a press conference in the Chancellery on Wednesday afternoon, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) and Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) presented how the coming budget should be drawn up.
Accordingly, the government has decided against declaring an “emergency situation” and thus suspending the debt brake again. The financial gap is to be closed primarily through cuts and savings, but also through various new income.
In this episode, Paul-Anton Krüger from the Berlin parliamentary office of the SZ explains exactly where cuts and savings should be made and what this apparently hard-fought compromise means for the further cooperation of the traffic light parties.
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