GroKo agrees in the dispute over basic pension
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People with a small pension can hope: After months of strife, the grand coalition has agreed on a compromise on the basic pension. The main point of contention was, to the end, to what extent the neediness should be examined.
NAfter months of negotiations, the grand coalition has settled its dispute over the basic pension. The leaders of the CDU, CSU and SPD agreed on a compromise on Sunday after more than five hours of negotiations, as the German Press Agency and AFP learned from negotiating circles.
People who receive only a small pension in spite of a long contribution period should be granted a premium. It has long been a matter of debate whether the benefit should be linked to a means test, how many people should receive the pension supplement and how expensive it should be.
The three party leaders Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU), Markus SOder (CSU) and Malu Dreyer (SPD) wanted to announce the agreement at 16.45 in the Chancellery.
Reservations at SPD and CDU
An agreement was also considered complicated because the coalition leaders would have to compromise in their parties. Both in the Union and in the SPD there are considerable internal reservations about possible variants of a basic pension.
Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz must represent a compromise at the SPD party conference in early December, if he should be elected there after the upcoming runoff election for the new party leader. Kramp-Karrenbauer would also have to tackle considerable reservations about the basic rent in the economic wing of her party.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had met on Sunday at nine clock with the party and parliamentary leaders of CDU and CSU for preliminary consultations in the Chancellery. Around ten o'clock, the acting chairman Dreyer, parliamentary leader Rolf Mutzenich, vice-chancellor Scholz and labor minister Hubertus Heil joined the SPD.
Merkel speaks of "needs test"
The Union had insisted on the widest possible means test for recipients of the basic pension. The SPD was against it and wanted the serve as many retirees benefit.
Merkel had introduced the word "needs test" in a meeting of the Union faction on Tuesday. What was meant was that, before paying the basic pension, it was not the assets that had to be checked, but the income of the pensioners, with the help of data from the tax offices.