MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Dear Mr President! Dear Colleagues! Today we have a very wide range of applications: two from the Greens, two from the AfD. That shows a bit how broad the field of tension is in Europe. One of the main headings of the Greens’ motions is: “For a Europe that protects”. A core heading of the AfD proposals is: “Sovereignty means freedom”.
(Applause from Deputy Norbert Kleinwächter [AfD])
In this area of tension, we have to make politics and shape a Europe that leads into the future. Ms. Brantner, populism doesn’t help either. In the last few weeks we have tried to get the Occupational Safety and Health Control Act in motion. We decided today and thus enabled a future-oriented solution. We found compromises. We protected the German trade, but also initiated regulations for industry. You have to acknowledge that. This is important.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
If you compare the motions of the Greens and the AfD, then this Europe seems a bit like “make a wish” to me. It is true that we are shortly before Christmas, but this Europe is more than that everyone can realize their wishes like the eleven points in one of the motions of the Greens, for example on the principle of subsidiarity.
(Dr. Franziska Brantner [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: What about the content!)
– I am very happy to say something about the content, Ms. Brantner. But you didn’t say that much about the content.
(Dr. Franziska Brantner [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: I said something about the content!)
I would like to say very, very clearly that what you are presenting to us today is, in my view, inadequate to what Europe has created for us over the past 70 years: peace, freedom and prosperity.
Ladies and gentlemen, dear Ms. Brantner, I looked at your applications very carefully. If I had to go into everything, I would probably talk for four hours here. Labor market rights should have the same status as economic freedom on the internal market, it says in your application;
(Applause from Dr. Franziska Brantner and Beate Müller-Gemmeke [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN])
You are also calling for a European strategy to combat poverty in old age, minimum standards for national basic security systems and health systems, and a European directive on minimum wages. I will go into this briefly afterwards; You completely forgot that in your speech. – So much for the content, dear Ms. Brantner.
In your application you write that now is the time window for the general reform and deepening discussions. When I look at the AfD’s applications, there is nothing with the time window for reforms and the deepening of Europe. They certainly do not want any deepening, and they want reforms that we do not want, that the majority in this House do not want and that are also inconvenient in Europe.
That is why, Mr Kleinwächter, the points in your motion are also out of the question. If you equate the free movement of goods with enabling more smuggling, if you equate the freedom to provide services with competition in terms of price, quality and wages, then that shows just like many more examples that you presented in your funny application, I would now say that you do not give Europe the necessary and due seriousness it deserves.
(Norbert Kleinwächter [AfD]: Yes! But you must also see the problems, Mr. Aumer!)
That, ladies and gentlemen, is certainly the task of the people’s parties and especially for us as the CDU and CSU; because for us Europe is the great answer to the challenges of our time.
If you look at who gave the answers to the financial and economic crisis, to the subject of climate change – we are certainly still fighting on the refugee issue – and to deal with the consequences of the corona pandemic, it becomes clear that Europe is everywhere providing answers give and find answers, or there have already been answers.
(Norbert Kleinwächter [AfD]: That is more like “Make a wish”!)
This is primarily thanks to Germany – for us, this Europe is very important – and above all to the Federal Chancellor. That, ladies and gentlemen, also shows the importance we attach to cooperation on a European level.
If you come today with your populist motion on the subject of the “EU Directive for European Minimum Wages” – Mr Kleinwächter announced very cockily in the committee today that there would be a big debate on this; I took a look at the proposal: it doesn’t have a lot of substance – so that doesn’t do the subject justice either.
Of course we have to look: What competencies does Europe have? For us, collective bargaining is an area that is regulated primarily by the member states. For us, social policy is the area that, also contractually regulated, lies with the member states. That is why our answer must be – and I would be delighted at this debate in the Bundestag, Ms. Brantner, too – that in addition to social standards, one also asks: How can we make Europe fit for the future? What answers can we give in economic policy, in education policy, in all other areas?
Unfortunately, the President now says I have to stop. That’s why I can’t do it anymore.
I would like to ask you: let us start a dialogue, what makes Europe stronger, what leads Europe into the future. This certainly includes social policy proportionally, but not only.
Thank you for your attention. – We reject the applications.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
Vice President Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich:
Mask on, Peter Aumer!
(Laughter from the CDU / CSU)
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