Heil criticizes Continental for “radical job cuts program”


Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil
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Federal Labor Minister Heil said he had no understanding of Continental’s plans to close the tire plant in Aachen. The decision is about 1,800 jobs.

Die planned Closure of Continental tire production at the Aachen plant meets Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil sick. “There is no question that the automotive industry has been hit hard by the Corona crisis and is also in a process of transformation,” said the SPD politician of the “Rheinische Post” on Saturday. “Nevertheless, I have no understanding for a radical job reduction program in this area.” This also applies to the Continental location in Aachen, “which was in the black”.

Heil pointed out that the state was already assuming a lot of responsibility in the Corona crisis – for example with short-time working benefits and the economic stimulus package. “This is now the hour when the social partnership has to prove itself,” emphasized the minister. “I now expect that Continental does not make decisions in the slipstream of the crisis that one may have already considered.” Instead, the company must find solutions in discussions with the unions in order to keep as many jobs as possible in Germany.

Continental wants to “change” 30,000 jobs worldwide under the pressure of structural change in the auto industry and the Corona sales crisis, 13,000 of them in Germany. In addition to retraining employees, this also includes many cancellations or relocations of jobs. On Tuesday it became known that the second largest auto supplier after Bosch wants to shut down tire production in Aachen as a further location. It’s about 1,800 jobs.





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Heil criticizes Continental for “radical job cuts program”


Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil
Image: dpa

Federal Labor Minister Heil said he had no understanding of Continental’s plans to close the tire plant in Aachen. The decision is about 1,800 jobs.

Die planned Closure of Continental tire production at the Aachen plant meets Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil sick. “There is no question that the automotive industry has been hit hard by the Corona crisis and is also in a process of transformation,” said the SPD politician of the “Rheinische Post” on Saturday. “Nevertheless, I have no sympathy for a radical job-cutting program in this area.”

Heil pointed out that the state was already assuming a lot of responsibility in the Corona crisis – for example with short-time work benefits and the economic stimulus package. “This is now the hour when the social partnership has to prove itself,” emphasized the minister. “I now expect that Continental does not make decisions in the slipstream of the crisis that one may have already considered.” Rather, the company must find solutions in discussions with the unions in order to preserve as many jobs as possible in Germany.

Continental wants to “change” 30,000 jobs worldwide under the pressure of structural change in the auto industry and the Corona sales crisis, 13,000 of them in Germany. In addition to retraining employees, this also includes many cancellations or relocations of jobs. On Tuesday it became known that the second largest auto supplier after Bosch wants to shut down tire production in Aachen as a further location. It’s about 1,800 jobs.





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Maas rejects Russian allegations

DThe German-Russian dispute over the investigation into the poison attack on the Kremlin critic Aleksej Navalnyj has intensified. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) rejected the allegations from Moscow on Sunday evening that Germany was delaying the investigation. He spoke of a “further smoke candle” from Russia on the case.

Maas said in the ARD program “Report from Berlin” that Federal government I have “long since agreed” to a request for legal assistance from the Russian public prosecutor’s office and communicated this to the Russian ambassador in Berlin a week ago. The Foreign Minister also referred to ongoing investigations at the Berlin Charité, where the Russian opposition is being treated.

Maas demanded that Russia, for its part, must hand over its examination results to Germany after Navalnyi’s two-day inpatient treatment in Omsk, Siberia. So far, there are only “many traces” of the case in Russia. If Moscow does not contribute to the education or “such smoke candles continue to be started”, this is a further indication that “you have something to hide”.

Russian allegations

The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Sakharova, had previously written on the online network Facebook: “Berlin is delaying the investigation, which it itself is calling for. On purpose?”. Sakharova complained that Berlin had not responded to a request for legal assistance from the Russian public prosecutor’s office on August 27. “So far we are not sure whether Germany is not playing a double game.”

Nawalnyj has been treated at the Charité since August 22, after collapsing two days earlier during a flight in Russia. The federal government said on Wednesday that Navalnyj had been poisoned “beyond doubt” with a chemical nerve agent from the so-called Novichok group. The poison was developed by Soviet scientists in the 1970s. Moscow rejects any blame for the health of the prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin.

Walter-Borjans does not want to stop Nord Stream 2

The debate about possible punitive measures against Russia because of the Navalnyj attack is focused in Germany on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The SPD chairman Norbert Walter-Borjans now expressed strong reservations against a construction freeze on the pipe through which Russian gas is to be delivered to Germany.

Nord Stream 2 is an infrastructure project that is 90 percent ready and serves to supply Germany, said the SPD chairman on the ZDF program “Berlin Direkt”. With a construction freeze, Germany will “end up harming itself and others who should not be hit here”. Sanctions must be “targeted” and target the “backers” of the crime.

Maas had previously not ruled out a halt to the pipeline project. Walter-Borjans said he agreed with the Foreign Minister that “effective sanctions” against Russia should be discussed. However, they both considered stopping Nord Stream 2 “a very sensitive question”.

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn did not want to rule out a construction freeze at Nord Stream 2 either. “It is now up to Russia how it goes on,” said the CDU politician on the Internet program “Bild live”. He emphasized: “In the end there is no economic policy question that is more important than our foreign and security policy interests. That is very, very clear to me. “

Green parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt called for a quick end of Nord Stream 2. The federal government must now “show a way” she told the “Tagesspiegel”.


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Lobbyism and secret services: Wirecard casts a shadow over the Chancellery

The meeting of the finance committee on the Wirecard affair remained largely inconclusive: the secret services did not want to know anything and the federal government only represented economic interests. It is precisely this attitude that encourages the opposition to dig deeper.

The Federal Chancellery unintentionally pinned a fine award on the lapel of the “Handelsblatt”: According to this, the Wirtschaftsblatt is better informed than the German secret services in the scandal surrounding the fraud of the German financial services provider Wirecards, which has garnered billions of dollars. At least with regard to the whereabouts of the wanted Austrian ex-CFO Jan Marsalek. Minister of State Hendrik Hoppenstedt said in his appearance today in the Bundestag Finance Committee that neither the BND nor any other German intelligence service knew anything about Marsalek’s whereabouts. The “Handelsblatt”, on the other hand, had already reported the evening before, citing his acquaintance that Marsalek was near Moscow – under the protection of the Russian foreign secret service.

Wirecard is more than a scandal about economic fraud or an affair about a possible failure of German supervisory authorities. The figure Marsalek, who is obviously in contact with foreign secret services, the alleged blindness of the German security authorities to the dubious activities of Wirecard and Marsalek, the unclear relationship between the Federal Chancellery and Wirecard: all of this makes the billion-dollar fraud a political affair. A year before the federal election, the federal government is very inconvenient, which is why it is eagerly awaited whether the Greens, FDP and left will enforce a committee of inquiry. The FDP and the Left do not want to be dependent on the votes of the AfD to appoint a committee and hope for the approval of the still undecided Greens.

A busy retiree

A possible investigative committee would not only shed light on possible errors by the financial supervisory authority BaFin, which reports to the Federal Finance Minister and SPD candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The question will also be how conclusive the statements of the Federal Chancellery so far on the role of the secret services and on meetings with German lobbyists are. One person combines both aspects: the former secret service coordinator in the Chancellery Klaus-Dieter Fritsche.

In September 2019, Fritsche arranged a meeting with Wirecard representatives at Lars-Hendrik Röller, the economic advisor to Chancellor Angela Merkel. Since his retirement, which began in early 2018, Fritsche has not retired to old age. Rather, he hired himself as a consultant to the then Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl. He was supposed to help the FPÖ politician reform the BVT secret service. After the government was overthrown over the Ibiza affair, Fritsche worked for Wirecard and arranged a meeting with Angela Merkel’s economic advisor, Lars-Hendrik Röller, in September 2019. In the meantime, Fritsche is again a consultant in Vienna, but now for an ÖVP-led Ministry of the Interior.

Austria again and again: The imprisoned Wirecard founder Markus Braun – also Austrian – was part of the advisory team of ÖVP Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Marsalek, who was born in Vienna, was close to the FPÖ and the Russian ruling party. Marsalek should also have contacts to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the Fight against Terrorism (BVT). Now he is supposed to be protected by the Russian foreign intelligence service.

BND doesn’t know anything

Whether this is actually the case is not certain, but many traces of Marsalek, who researched the “Financial Times”, the “Spiegel” and the research platforms Bellingcat, lead to Russia. Marsalek is said to have often boasted about his contacts with intelligence services. However, his conspiratorial lifestyle – dozens of short trips to Russia, alleged flying visits to Syria and Libya, showing around secret documents about the Russian poison Novitschok and the possession of several passports – allegedly bypassed the German secret services.

At least that’s what State Minister Hoppenstedt said in the committee. The SPD MP Jens Zimmermann is skeptical. “I was absolutely amazed that the BND knows nothing about Wirecard,” he told ntv.de after the hearing. Whereby he recognizes a back door for the Chancellery: after all, Hoppenstedt is not the secret service coordinator. This is Johannes Geismann and you don’t know what he knows. Unlike Hoppenstedt, Röller and the department head responsible for secret services, Bernhard Kotsch, he did not appear on the finance committee. There then almost only Hoppenstedt spoke, which means that there were at least no contradictions in the statements, said Zimmermann. “That was all filtered through Mr. Hoppenstedt,” says Zimmermann. He criticizes the appearance of the three interviewees: “The Chancellery has not contributed to the fact that the speculation is less.”

Stephan Thomae, who oversees the secret services for the FDP in the parliamentary control committee, also has ideas for speculation. “A payment service provider that also handles business in the gambling and porn industry from the Middle East and Asia is actually an obvious observation object for secret services,” Thomae told ntv.de. “I also don’t think that Marsalek was noticed so late.” Especially since reports indicate that a business partner Marsalek’s German authorities pointed out to Marsalek’s espionage stories as early as 2017. Thomae finds it “peculiar” that the BND should have ignored such information from a CFO of a DAX company.

A wild theory

If the reports about Marsalek and his Russia contacts are correct, he would have been a very interesting object of observation for the BND. Marsalek had loud “Financial Times“Among other things, trying to set up a private mercenary militia in Libya. And it should Cross connections between Marsalek and Russian mercenaries active in Libya. Then there are the Russia travel. Despite Marsalek’s penchant for bragging, the German secret service does not want to have noticed anything. An alternative, conceivably scandalous explanation would be: The German secret services knew at least partially about Wirecard’s dubious activities, but let the company do it out of interest in the object under observation. In principle, almost nothing is excluded in the hallways of the Bundestag. Almost anything seems conceivable in this billion-dollar fraud case.

Fritsche, whom Thomae considers “insufficiently illuminated”, could play a key role in the investigation. His advisory work for the Interior Minister Kickl, who is notorious for his contacts in the extreme right-wing milieu, was approved by the Chancellery – on the condition that he did not divulge any knowledge from his more than 20 years of leadership in the German secret services. “But what else did the Austrians reward him for so well?” Asks Thomae. Or, conversely, was there a German interest in Fritsche’s work in and his information from Austria? And how does that fit in with Fritsche’s advertising for Wirecard with Chancellor adviser Röller?

The U committee is approaching

Röller weighs in on the finance committee. Such appointments are nothing special. “If you only knew who is looking at everything here,” says Röller, according to the SPD MP Zimmermann, in one of his few statements. In fact, it does not seem unusual for the Chancellery to exchange ideas with representatives of DAX companies and to promote German corporate interests abroad. Then why these tight-lipped statements and contradictions?

The Chancellery presents the Fritsche appointment as a get-to-know meeting, although at this point there was already an appointment between Merkel and the lobbyist and ex-Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. After his advertising, Merkel had campaigned for Wirecard in China. So the company was already well known. Left-wing MP Fabio di Masi announces a need for clarification in this context. “All the alarm bells are ringing for me,” he says about Fritsche’s activities after the finance committee meeting.

Di Masi is now relying on a committee of inquiry. Thomae regards the German secret services’ insistence on their ignorance as “another reason for an investigative committee”. The Greens also seem to be inclined to a U-Committee: Lisa Paus accuses the federal government of “naivety” in dealing with Wirecard. The co-ruling SPD parliamentary group is hesitant. Zimmermann says: “Today’s survey also showed that clarification is feasible without a committee. We believe that we are making so good progress.” The decision on this now rests with the Greens.

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Why is Olaf Scholz announcing higher taxes?

SIf the SPD wins the next federal election, its candidate for chancellor wants Olaf Scholz Tax top earners higher. He leaves open how much more “the rich” should pay. Likewise the question of who is rich at all. The Federal Finance Minister of the “Rheinische Post” just said literally: “In view of the many tasks that the state is shouldering now, it must be clear that people who earn a few hundred thousand euros can make a higher contribution to the financing of the community in the future.”

In purely theoretical terms, it is therefore possible for couples with a joint taxable income of more than 200,000 euros to be affected. Perhaps Scholz was only thinking of single earners over 900,000 euros. Maybe he’s thinking of socialist marginal tax rates of 80 percent, maybe just a hundred euros more per year. One does not know.

Because it can be assumed that a federal finance minister knows the marginal rates of progressive income tax and the federal financial needs, Scholz could of course have expressed himself more precisely. Above all, the fact that he didn’t do it shows that it doesn’t depend on the specific euro. Rather, the direction must be right.

A year before the Bundestag election Olaf Scholz makes it clear: the wealthy should pay more in the future!

There are many reasons for that. Some are political in nature. The SPD strives for a red-red-green alliance after the election. Both the Left and the Greens are known to have nothing against higher taxes – especially not if they hit “the right people”. Scholz, who is considered a pragmatist to a conservative in his party, must also take over his own troops from the left. And last but not least, the SPD needs a topic with which it can both differentiate itself from the Union and mobilize its own people. And of course the voters.

Will “More Justice” Draw This Time?

With higher taxes and “more justice” it did not work out in the last two election campaigns. As with any crisis, the Corona-Crisis many people emerge as losers. Millions are on short-time work, hundreds of thousands became unemployed or had to close their businesses forever. Perhaps, given the misery, voters are now more receptive to the message?

There are, however, also economic reasons why the comrades want those with high incomes to get their wallets. At the beginning of July Bundestag passed the second supplementary budget, according to which the federal government alone will incur additional debt of 217.8 billion euros this year – a record.

Just two weeks ago, Scholz also stated that he firmly expected that the debt brake could not be adhered to in the election year because of the Corona crisis. In this respect, it should be noted that there are high debts that have to be serviced and, in the best of cases, someone has to repay them.

But how did Olaf Scholz say at the end of March when he brought the first supplementary budget with a net borrowing of 156 billion euros into the Bundestag: “We can afford it.”

Now, five months later, the Social Democratic Vice Chancellor sounds different: “Pragmatic politics does not mean that top earners are spared and therefore incurs additional debts.”

If you want to make it easy for yourself, you forget the optimism of the end of March, tune in to the SPD’s song and state that only the rich are left.

But that jumped too short. According to the Ministry of Finance, there are almost 40 different types of tax in Germany, from beer tax to energy taxes, from VAT to income tax, from dog tax to property tax. In this respect, it is possible to demand a higher income tax for top earners. But there is no alternative to it.

Above all, no one should regard the federal government’s exorbitantly high levels of new debt as inevitable. Compared to other countries, Germany is getting through the crisis well.

Nonetheless, the impression arises that many billions are being spent all too carelessly. To name just three examples: Why does the state really have to subsidize every electric car with 6,000 euros? Does it make sense to extend the short-time work allowance now until the end of next year? Does the European reconstruction fund really have to be worth 750 billion euros, of which just 30 billion euros come to Germany?

As early as May, the CDU budget politician Eckhardt Rehberg warned in the FAZ: “Even in this crisis there must be no abuse and indiscriminate distribution of money.” He is right. Because all experience teaches: the bill comes.

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Corona demo ban: “The threats are massive”

URegardless of the ban and expected court rulings on the planned demonstration against the Corona policy on Saturday in Berlin, the organizers continue to call on many channels to participate. “A demo does not need a permit, it is our basic right to be able to assemble,” wrote the initiators of the Stuttgart initiative, lateral thinking 711 in the messenger service Telegram. “The demo is taking place.” The Berlin police received 5,000 registrations for further demonstrations by Friday morning, as a spokeswoman said. There were numerous calls for such registrations as a substitute for the prohibited demonstration on the Internet.

Demonstrations can be registered informally and quickly on the website of the Berlin police’s assembly authority. The organizers of lateral thinking wrote: “It is impossible to cancel all these demos in general.” Berlin is always worth a trip.

The decision of the Berlin Administrative Court on the police’s ban on the demonstration should be made on Friday. Both the organizers and the police want to go to the Higher Administrative Court in the event of a defeat. The reason for the ban was given by the police that the gathering of tens of thousands of people – often without a mask or distance – posed too high a health risk for the population. This was already shown by the demonstration against the Corona policy on August 1 in Berlin, during which most of the demonstrators consciously ignored hygiene rules. The Senate and the police are under pressure because of the ban and a lot of criticism.

Berlin’s Senator for the Interior sees “considerable potential for aggression”

Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) explained the decision in numerous interviews and statements. Most recently he spoke in the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” of originally 50,000 expected demonstrators. Many of them are “from the right-wing extremist spectrum with a considerable potential for aggression”. There are significant threats of violence, said Geisel. “That worries us seriously. But we have brought together thousands of police officers from other federal states and from the federal government in order to be able to guarantee security. ”He and his authority would also be addressed. “The threats that have been received here since the ban are too massive. In terms of quantity and aggressiveness, that exceeds everything I’ve experienced so far. ”Left-wing groups and initiatives want to protest against the planned Corona demonstration on Saturday.

Meanwhile, according to a report in the magazine “Spiegel”, investigators searched the apartment of a Lower Saxony criminal police officer who was suspended from duty after speaking at two demonstrations against the measures to contain the corona pandemic. Monday’s action was taken as part of the disciplinary proceedings initiated against the official, the magazine reported on Friday in advance. It was therefore not about criminal charges.

The case of the police officer from Hanover caused a stir in August after a video of his speech at a demonstration by opponents of the corona measures had spread on the Internet. In it, according to the media, the man consciously claimed to speak as a police officer and not as a private person. Among other things, he drew comparisons with the Nazi era. At the same time, according to media reports, disciplinary proceedings were initiated in Bavaria against a police officer who spoke at a relevant demonstration of this type in Augsburg. Among other things, he called on colleagues to join the protests. According to reports, the man was initially transferred internally.

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All pension information will soon be available centrally on the web

So far, retirement and retirement planning have meant a lot of paperwork. That should change now: The government is planning a website on which all information on statutory, private and company pensions will come together.

In future, German citizens should receive an official overview of their personal security in old age on the Internet. The planned Portal intended to provide information on legal, private and corporate Interest include. That wants a corresponding decision Federal Cabinet take hold on Wednesday.

The law is intended to set up a website that provides the insured with “as complete, understandable, reliable and comparable information as possible on the status of individual old-age insurance,” as the draft from the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs says. The portal is to be built up gradually by 2023.

The Federal Ministries for Social Affairs and Finance announced last year that citizens could use the planned platform to view the benefits they had already achieved and what they could still achieve by the time they retire – with model calculations if possible. Union and SPD had a “cross-pillar pension information” in Coalition agreement agreed.

Every pension provider still has its own website

So far, there have been different providers for the respective retirement benefits, which provide information about interim results in their own form. The German Pension insurance supported the project of government.

The Economic Council of the was generally positive about the project CDU, but warned: The system should be provided by a neutral provider. “Such a body must not pursue its own interests and must create its data independently of any political influence,” said Wolfgang Steiger, Secretary General of the Economic Council. “Depending on your political background, one could Federal government succumb to the temptation to fear Old-age poverty to fire or to dampen. “

Steiger also criticized that, for example, rental income or capital investments should not be taken into account. Every citizen must also be able to simulate for himself how much longer employment increases his pension and, if necessary, closes the gap to the desired pension.

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Thousands commemorate the victims of Hanau

WITHTo commemorate the victims of the racially motivated attack in Hanau half a year ago, around 250 people gathered on Saturday for a rally in downtown Hanau. Previously there was one planned Demonstration has been canceled with thousands of participants due to the current Corona situation. Among those present were relatives of the victims of the attack who, like other participants, held up signs with portraits of those killed and inscriptions such as “We demand: Remembrance, justice, clarification, consequences”. Under this motto, the organizers of the “February 19th Initiative” originally called for the demonstration, to which groups from all over Germany also wanted to come.

However, the evening before the city of Hanau had banned the demonstration due to the sharp rise in the number of corona infections. Only a rally “on a small scale” with a maximum of 249 people was permitted. The reason is the “developments in the corona numbers”, explained the “February 19th Hanau initiative”. Lord Mayor said that Claus Kaminsky (SPD) communicated to the initiative. One regrets the decision because because of the late date there is no longer any possibility of their legal review. “Nevertheless, we are not corona rebels and we will follow the decision,” assured the organizers.

On the city’s website, Lord Mayor Kaminsky said: “As soon as the number of infections has dropped significantly, we will of course make up for this expression of grief.” The number of newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the seven-day review skyrocketed to 49 in Hanau. The day before, this number was still 36. At the rally on Freedom Square in Hanau, Nevros Duman from the “February 19th Hanau Initiative” rejected calls for a return to normal. Before that, the everyday Rasissmus to be overcome. Duman also criticized the ban on the demonstration by the city of Hanau. “We are only allowed to mourn here with 249 people, while around us thousands of people shop in peace in the pedestrian zone or sit outside and drink wine,” she exclaimed.

Several speakers in Hanau demanded an unreserved clarification of the crime, support for the relatives of the dead and accused the authorities of failure. “Why was this man, who had been noticed so often, not taken out of service in time?” Asked the sister of one of the dead. A family member of another victim said: “It is always pretended that we are getting all the help we need. but none of it is true. ”In Hanau, 43-year-old Tobias R. attacked two bars in the late evening hours of February 19 and shot nine people with foreign roots. He and his mother were subsequently found dead in their apartment. The attorney general spoke of a “deeply racist sentiment” of the perpetrator.

Thousands of people also commemorated the Hanau victims on Saturday afternoon in around 30 other German cities, including Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Frankfurt am Main, Cologne, Leipzig, Stuttgart and Munich.

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“That would be neoliberalism”: Scholz rejects the idea of ​​a basic income

The idea of ​​an unconditional basic income also has supporters in the SPD, but they are at a losing position. Chancellor candidate Scholz makes it clear that the project cannot be done with him.

SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz strictly rejects the introduction of an unconditional basic income. “That would be neoliberalism,” said the Federal Finance Minister to the newspapers of the Funke media group. He has always considered the idea of ​​an unconditional basic income to be wrong. This would jeopardize many of the welfare state’s achievements such as pension or unemployment insurance, warned Scholz. Such a reform would also be priceless if the calculations were “fair and correct”.

The association Mein Grundeinkommen had this week together with the Berlin economic research institute DIW and other institutions a multi-year pilot project on the effects of an unconditional basic income initiated. 120 participants should each receive 1200 euros per month for three years, without this being tied to certain conditions. According to the association, the participants do not have to prove any need and can earn unlimited additional money.

Scholz also announced in the interview that he would not sign a coalition agreement after the federal election that would not include a higher minimum wage. He called an increase to twelve euros an hour “urgently needed”. In Germany there are many jobs “in which those who do heavy physical work are not paid fairly”. At the beginning of July, the minimum wage commission recommended an increase from the current EUR 9.35 to EUR 10.45 in four stages by 2022.

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ARD “Germany trend”: Scholz a good candidate for SPD chancellor?

The SPD wants to run next year with Scholz at the top in the federal election. According to a new survey, he has not yet received the approval of his two predecessors Martin Schulz and Peer Steinbrück.

According to a survey, 44 percent of the population think so Olaf Scholz for a good SPD chancellor candidate. On the other hand, 30 percent disagree, as can be seen from the latest “DeutschlandTrend in ARD morning magazine”. 26 percent can therefore not judge Scholz, do not know him or give no information. According to the information, Scholz does not achieve the popularity of his two predecessors with the values Martin Schulz and Peer Steinbruck at the time of their nomination. The SPD wants to run with Scholz at the top in the 2021 election.

If the general election were on Sunday, the CDU and CSU would get 37 percent of the vote, the Greens 17 percent, the AfD 10, the Left 8 and the FDP 6 percent. Compared to the Germany trend of August 6, the SPD and the Left win one point each, while the Union, AfD and Greens lose one. The FDP remains unchanged.

Meanwhile, given the rise in new corona infections in the population, fear of infection is increasing. 34 percent currently express very great or great concerns that they or family members could be infected with the virus. 66 percent are currently only slightly concerned or not at all.

For the “Deutschlandtrend” on behalf of the ARD “Morgenmagazin” the opinion research institute Infratest dimap asked 1,065 voters in Germany on Tuesday and Wednesday. The margin of error is 1.4 with a proportion of five percent and up to 3.1 with a value of 50 percent.

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