Lindner: Other things have to take a back seat if the debt brake is to be adhered to
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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Finance Minister Christian Lindner has reiterated his goal of fully complying with the debt brake again from next year. But that also means that not all spending requests can then be met, said the FDP politician on Monday at the annual meeting of the civil servants’ association in Berlin. “If the debt brake applies again in the regular budget, it will require many decisions from politicians. Not everything that is desirable can then be financed immediately.”
Projects would have to be put in a sequence, said Lindner. Soon you will have to invest in the future with more limited financial leeway. This requires the setting of clear priorities on future technologies and the strengthening of the state. Funding is required in the areas of security, education and public administration. For this to happen, decisions about consumer spending and “redistribution projects” would first have to be postponed. “If you want to invest and make the state capable of acting, other things have to take a back seat.”
Most recently, due to the corona pandemic, the Bundestag had implemented a special regulation of the debt brake several times, which allows new debts in disaster and emergency situations. Even in 2023 there will undoubtedly still be “economic traces of the pandemic,” said Lindner. Nevertheless, the federal government is facing the challenge of complying with the normal version of the debt brake again./tam/DP/eas
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