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Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Dear colleagues! Article 38 (1) of the Basic Law states – I quote with your permission, Mr President -:

The members of the German Bundestag are elected in general, direct, free, equal and secret elections. They are representatives of the whole people, not bound by orders and instructions and only subject to their conscience.

Further it then says in Article 48 paragraph 3 sentence 1 of the Basic Law:

The MPs are entitled to appropriate compensation that ensures their independence.

Why do I put these sentences of the Basic Law in front of the advice on the motion of the left? This makes it clear, ladies and gentlemen, that a member of parliament is not an employee, i.e. not bound by instructions, but independent and thus occupies a special position and therefore cannot be compared with employees.

This is also expressed in the diet judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court of November 5, 1975. I quote again:

The activity of the member of parliament has become an occupation which demands the full commitment of manpower; From this point of view, the MP can today legitimately claim remuneration with which he and his family can earn a living …

Later it says:

The changed character of the compensation with the introduction of the old-age pension is even more evident. It may be labeled as an “additional protection of independence projected for the post-parliamentary period” …, in reality the MP’s pension entitlement is now an annex to his salary …

Dear colleagues from the Left, your application does not do justice to these claims from the Basic Law and from the case law. Their demands are incompatible with the position of MPs. As a symbolic act, the inclusion of the MPs by raising the contribution assessment limit to the level of the MPs diet is also not suitable, as the contributions of the MPs to the pension insurance would result in an additional income of almost 16 million euros.

(Exclamation from Abg. Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE])

– No, that has already been included, Mr Birkwald. – With a budget of currently 242 billion euros, that’s probably more of a placebo, I’ll say now, instead of a powerful contribution to financing the pension insurance. So, you are doing symbolic politics to a large extent – the remarks by colleague Dietmar Bartsch have shown it -; but there is nothing behind it.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the FDP)

This is also evident in the behavior of MPs on the left. We saw it: you were the first to say: The members of the Bundestag should waive the increase in their compensation this year. We did that too.

(Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE]: Very good!)

The best thing is: I looked up what the Thuringian state parliament did – Prime Minister on the left, left government -: They pushed through the increase in diets. But it was said that the MPs should donate the amount of the increase. – Fine, you can do that. But you know: this results in a loss of trust among the citizens; because in the next year they will of course simply take the increase in diets with them. They will do the same in the following years.

(Alexander Ulrich [DIE LINKE]: There aren’t any! – Further calls from DIE LINKE)

– Of course they’ll take her with you then. In the next year they won’t donate anymore; I am convinced of that. – You end up taking the increased diet with you just a year later. This is symbolic politics of the left in our country.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the FDP)

I was surprised: I thought there would be a rush in the Thuringian state parliament on the part of the state government or the left-wing parliamentary group to include the MPs in the pension insurance.

(Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE]: Coming too!)

I’ve searched, searched, searched – my eyes went over -; but I haven’t found anything about it.

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

So, to introduce certain claims here, but not to act where one could act, that is extremely untrustworthy and ultimately does not do justice to the topic.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the FDP – Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE]: The members of the Bundestag should start!)

In addition there is the glorification of the Austrian system.

Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki:

Colleague, you have to finish.

Max Straubinger (CDU / CSU):

Yes. I’ll come to the last sentence in a moment. – You, Mr Birkwald, initiated us to deal with the Austrian system. Then it came out: The contribution rate for pension insurance in Austria is 22.8 percent of income subject to social insurance; with us it is 18.6 percent. The entitlement there is 15 years, with us 5 years. The officials who pay in there are currently not entitled to anything because they first have to pay in for 15 years before they are even entitled. This is a fool of the citizens outside. You only want to engage in polemics here, but not make an appropriate contribution, as Mrs Haßelmann rightly demanded.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the FDP – Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE], holding up a book: You can read it all here! There are the numbers for Austria!)


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