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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Madam President! Dear Colleagues! To talk like that with 1 million people dead here is disrespectful and unworthy of this house.

(Michael Grosse-Brömer [CDU / CSU]: Above all, that’s stupid! – Stephan Brandner [AfD]: It’s about the budget! Talk about the budget!)

You really should put a stop to this.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD, the FDP and the BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

Dear colleagues, the first week of the budget for 2021 is drawing to a close. Just this week it became clear again that we are currently facing very special health challenges not only in 2020, but also in the coming year 2021, even if some deny it, but also have enormous budgetary and economic challenges to overcome, and that in addition to the already challenging structural change and the necessary transformation process in the German economy.

But that too became very clear this week: No country in the world has reacted to the challenges as carefully and intelligently as Germany has done.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

We have made enormous efforts to help entrepreneurs with their many employees wherever possible: short-time work allowance, deferral of tax amounts, KfW loan with 100 percent liability umbrella, Corona emergency aid, Corona bridging aid 1, Corona bridging aid 2, an investment volume of 77 billion euros; in 2021 it will be another 55 billion euros. And we were able to strengthen the investment power of our municipalities by making it possible last week to take over the trade tax losses through an amendment to the constitution. Now it is a matter of the local authorities calling up this money so that the money arrives where it should.

Of course there is still a lot to be done. We drive on sight every day and see where we have to intervene. We intervene where it is necessary to maintain the efficiency and economic strength of our country. There are still many unanswered questions: self-employed people, artists, hotels and other areas. But we tackle these energetically and daily, with all determination and concentration, and we will succeed.

I do not believe in this constant criticism and abuse for my own political profit, especially on the far-right fringes of Parliament; Mr. Boehringer did this here, and so did Mr. Kleinwächter. Incidentally, I cannot remember any meeting in the technical committee or in parliament where you made a really substantial technical contribution and where really ideas were brought forward on how to master the crisis.

(Stephan Brandner [AfD]: It’s because of your memory! – Peter Boehringer [AfD]: What fairy tales!)

So: don’t just complain, but also malign; that is the motto. We tackle, we act, we help, and that’s what we do as the CDU / CSU.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Peter Boehringer [AfD]: Is that embarrassing!)

Incidentally, the forecasts for economic growth show that our measures are taking effect. For 2020 it is now minus 5.8 percent;

(Norbert Kleinwächter [AfD]: Great performance!)

that was far worse. In 2021 there will be an estimated growth of 4.4 percent. But that doesn’t happen automatically. We need to stay focused and take the necessary steps.

In the 2021 budget, there will be another € 96 billion borrowing.

(Markus Herbrand [FDP]: Hopefully not!)

But, dear colleagues, the goal must be black zero again after 2021. That has made our last budgets strong, and it has, incidentally, resulted in the fact that we now have the financial means to shoulder these expenses and challenges.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

On the one hand, this includes setting clear priorities on the expenditure side: no further long-term structural additional costs; Expenditures for investments: yes, additional expenses without investment character: no.

(Bettina Stark-Watzinger [FDP]: You would have had the chance!)

But I don’t think we’re doing that with the necessary vigor. That is why we still have to wrestle with the budget discussions here. That is important for the competitiveness of our country.

The goal of black zero from 2022 also means that we make every effort on the income side to ensure that tax revenues are back as high as in 2019.

Ladies and gentlemen, this week could not have shown more clearly the differences here in this Parliament. The SPD, the Left and the Greens are calling for significant tax increases, the levying of wealth tax, higher taxation of real estate transactions, even more controls, an expansion of the notification requirement, even more bureaucracy, even more mistrust of our entrepreneurs;

(Michael Grosse-Brömer [CDU / CSU]: All unsuccessful concepts!)

you heard that again in the speeches. Instead of worrying about the chunks that you have to take care of, for example at Wirecard or AvP, you can no longer see the trees for the forest and the forest for the trees.

(Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE]: Well, we at Wirecard took care of each other in a way that you can cut three slices from, Mr. colleague! Just ask Mr. De Masi!)

I believe that it is wrong to show this distrust towards entrepreneurs. We trust them. This general suspicion is wrong. The CDU / CSU trusts entrepreneurs in Germany.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

These concepts of tax increases, dear colleagues of the SPD, the Left and the Greens, are poison for our economy,

(Christian Dürr [FDP]: Right!)

are poison for our competitiveness and are also poison for the preservation of jobs in our country.

(Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE]: Thunderous applause from the Union!)

What has always made our country strong? Our country has made it strong that we place our trust in those who generate turnover every day with hard work, provide secure jobs and generate sustainable tax revenues.

(Peter Boehringer [AfD]: These are Sunday speeches here!)

These are our medium-sized companies, these are our farmers, these are our craft, our industry and the many, many hard-working employees. We give them this trust.

(Peter Boehringer [AfD]: These are text modules that always fit, but are never lived!)

Instead of investing millions in bureaucratic costs, reporting obligations and receipts, we want to give entrepreneurs the freedom to invest in the necessary ecological transformation.

(Applause from members of the FDP – Christian Dürr [FDP]: But then you have to do that too, Mr Brehm!)

Instead of spending more time on bureaucracy, we want to give entrepreneurs the freedom to develop new technologies and innovative business ideas.

(Peter Boehringer [AfD]: After the corona lockdown!)

And instead of skimming off assets, we want to give entrepreneurs the financial strength to make the necessary investments in digitization and international competition.

(Peter Boehringer [AfD]: 300 billion euros in debt!)

That is the path that we as the CDU / CSU want to take. That is why we have presented a concept for the necessary modernization of corporate taxation, dear colleagues. Because only with a necessary modernization of corporate taxation will there be more investments and growth in our country.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Christian Dürr [FDP]: That has to be in the legal gazette, not in the powerpoint of the Union faction! In the legal gazette!)

And we need growth to create the pandemic and the challenges.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

We need a clear reduction in bureaucracy. More than ever, we therefore need new trust – here I am addressing all sides in this House – in our German economy. We place the necessary trust in our German economy, and we also want to give it the necessary instruments so that growth can come back and investments can be made so that we can shoulder the crisis and then of course have the black zero again. We want to be competitive in the long term, internationally strong, innovative, open to technology. We want to bring ecology and economy together, and, dear colleagues, with optimism and drive. Let’s tackle it together!

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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