Dobrindt demands budgetary discipline from the traffic light coalition

BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt warned the traffic light coalition against further questioning debt rules after the Karlsruhe budget ruling. Dobrindt said in the Bundestag on Tuesday that he would have expected Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to make a clear commitment in his government statement that he wanted to comply with the debt brake in 2024. He criticized the coalition for making “disturbing statements” about “abnormal times” and emphasized: “We will no longer experience normal times in the foreseeable future.” Anyone who uses that as an excuse will never return to sound budgets.

Dobrindt also warned with regard to euro stability: “If the budget rules are no longer adhered to in Germany, then it will be difficult in Europe to persuade our partners to exercise budget discipline.” The CSU politician pointed out that if the debt brake is adhered to in 2024, more than 20 billion euros in new debt would be legally possible and criticized: “The traffic light is a debt addict who was discovered and caught in procurement crime.”/sam/DP/ nas