“I hope that we in the federal government can bring about clarification in this sense,” said Habeck in a video message for the party conference of the Southwest Greens on Sunday in Donaueschingen. “If we didn’t do that, one would have to say: We’ll leave the companies alone. And as Economics Minister, I won’t allow that. We won’t leave the companies alone – not at this time, not in Germany.”
Habeck wants to take about a million small and medium-sized companies such as bakers under the rescue package. The additional costs are estimated to be in the tens of billions. The measure also serves the goal of “slowing down” the recession, said the minister.
Green leader Ricarda Lang had previously said in Donaueschingen: “You can’t save yourself from a crisis like this.” The economic core of Germany must not be endangered, companies threatened by the crisis must be helped as planned by Habeck.
Lang said to Lindner: “Then let’s save these companies now. Then let’s get this money in our hands now.” She emphasized that climate protection should not be allowed to get lost in the crisis. “We are furthest away from our climate goals in the transport sector.” Here, too, the FDP must move. Lang demanded a “yes to a temporary speed limit” until the country was independent of Russian energies.
In addition, the FDP must make more investments in rail possible. “We can no longer afford naysayers in government offices,” said Lang. The federal states need more regionalization funds for the expansion of the railways. It is good if there is a successor to the 9-euro ticket, but it is more important that the railways also run, especially in rural areas.
Stadtwerke Düsseldorf is currently sending letters about an upcoming gas price increase. But the letters should not help many. Because the cover letter simply contains an extremely complicated formula with which the increase is calculated.
A megawatt hour now costs around 400 euros in Germany. That’s a good three times as much as a year ago. EU-wide we are in the more expensive half, but other countries suffer far more from sometimes lower prices.