Coalition: Union warns against left-wing pressure of the SPD

Leading politicians of the CDU and CSU have sharply criticized the planned reorientation of the SPD and accused her of turning away from the coalition agreement. "The SPD is planning the funeral of the social market economy," said the CDU vice-chairman Volker Bouffier The newspapers of the spark media group. "With her desire to win back voters, she has opted for a tight left course."

Bouffier said: "The SPD can not take responsibility in the federal government and at the same time daily make suggestions that can not be made in this coalition." So disenchanted, the SPD completely disenchanted. And: "The whole country takes damage, if one of the government partners wants to break away from the baseline of the coalition agreement and run in a different direction."

Like Bouffier criticized CSU boss Markus Söder, that the basic pension model of SPD labor minister Hubertus Heil is not covered by the coalition agreement. "We are not negotiating a new coalition agreement, of course we are talking to each other, but there must be no ideological left-wing pressure on the government." In the coalition agreement of Union and SPD was a means test but expressly agreed as a condition.

The SPD board wants to come up with a comprehensive package for a reform of the
Labor market, by Hartz IV and the financial benefits for children
sharpen the party's leftist profile and from the ongoing survey low
 find out again. In addition comes the party leadership at this
Sunday afternoon in the Berlin Willy-Brandt-house to one
two-day retreat together.

The party and group leader Andrea Nahles wants to achieve a turnaround with the concept. It is the most comprehensive result of the renewal process so far. Another topic on Monday should be the upcoming European election campaign.

At first, a 17-page concept entitled "A new welfare state for a new era" will be decided upon at the retreat. It provides, inter alia, basic child protection, raising the minimum wage to twelve euros, and for all employees "time accounts" (for overtime and training periods) that are transferable in case of employer switching. In addition, the SPD wants reforms to the basic security, for example, 33 months of unemployment benefits I for older citizens and less stringent sanctions for young unemployed.

In addition, the Social Democrats want a law that grants a right to work from home ("home office"). 40 percent of employees could theoretically work from home today, according to the party. However, only 12 percent would have fulfilled their desire for flexible work so far.

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