Reaction to SPD plans: Kramp-Karrenbauer does not believe in abandoning Hartz IV


CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer rejects large parts of the SPD proposals for a changed social policy.


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CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has rejected most of the social policy plans of the SPD. About the proposals for qualification could “talk again,” said Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday evening in the ARD “Tagesthemen”. Everything else she sees as “very critical”, and in particular, that “promotion and demand as a principle is largely abandoned”.

The SPD welfare state concept provides for fewer sanctions for Hartz IV recipients in case of breaches of contract, a longer reference to the higher unemployment benefit for older unemployed and more targeted qualification. From the age of 58 years, according to the will of the Social Democrats, there should be up to three years unemployment benefit I to reward longtime depositors and to close justice gaps in the system. SPD leader Andrea Nahles defended the project.

Kramp-Karrenbauer said in the ARD, she wonders why someone who “works every day, should support his solidarity with his taxpayer’s money, which we then no longer even requires that he perceives reporting obligations or duty to take action”.

Coalition Committee meets on Wednesday

The head of the CDU stressed that this disagreement was “no noise” and will not lead to the premature end of the coalition. On Wednesday evening, the leaders of the CDU, CSU and SPD will meet you for a coalition committee meeting. The CDU had announced to bring up the SPD plans there.


The SPD leader Andrea Nahles



Nahles affirmed on ZDF the break of the SPD with the Hartz IV system. The unemployed should experience the state as a “partner rather than someone who only controls them,” she said in the “heute-journal”.

Asked how the basic pension could be implemented with the coalition partner, she replied: “We insist that it be implemented, as we have to talk about that, of course.” The proposals for the new citizens’ allowance and the extension of the unemployment benefit I are “first of all a positioning of the SPD “. (AP)