The agreement of the coalition spikes in the basic pension will require in the Bundestag faction of CDU and CSU in the opinion of fractional leader Ralph Brinkhaus persuasion. "It will not be easy because it is a compromise," said Brinkhaus on Sunday evening on ARD television. "We will also have to do convincing work."
CDU, CSU and SPD had agreed after months of disputes on Sunday evening on a basic pension for low-wage earners. The most controversial means test, which was to ensure that only people who receive basic pensions that do not have other assets, was the most controversial factor. The concept now sees an income test instead of the controversial means test in front.
The now agreed "comprehensive income test" as a prerequisite for the basic pension is a success of recent weeks, so Brinkhaus. Capital income would also be taken into account. So that the basic pension with the people who needed them. The necessary electronic data exchange between the tax authorities and the pension fund has yet to be established. That would be ambitious until 2021, but doable.
Confident party leaders in Berlin
The dispute over the basic pension brought the coalition into a "very critical situation", conceded Brinkhaus. "I would not wish for more of these stress tests in this coalition." The government alliance must now "work off the other projects reasonably".
The party leaders, on the other hand, had been very confident in announcing the compromise. CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said: "It's a good, a decent result, we've broken through a big knot." Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) was also satisfied with the coalition's compromise on the planned ground rent. "It is a good agreement," said Scholz on Sunday the German Press Agency in Berlin. "Germany gets a basic pension, socially and fairly." Also the CSU chairman Markus SOder was satisfied. He praised the agreement of the CDU / CSU and SPD on the ground rent as "a very good day" for the Grand Coalition.