FDP Vice-Chairman Wolfgang says he’s had enough of toad-swallowing in the traffic-light coalition. The “constant” new demands from the SPD and the Greens are a “fundamental problem” in the government.

FDP Vice Wolfgang Kubicki has called on the SPD and Greens to be more disciplined when implementing the joint coalition agreement at federal level. Agreed on things that now have to be implemented “grudgingly”. “But the fact that the Greens and the SPD are constantly coming and opening new demands is no longer possible. If that doesn’t change in the foreseeable future, we have a fundamental problem,” said Kubicki of the “Bild” newspaper.

Specifically, Kubicki criticized demands for a speed limit, the cessation of road construction projects and tax increases. For example, SPD leader Saskia Esken had repeatedly called for a wealth tax for the rich. Kubicki said: “It can’t go on like this.”

The FDP has already had to swallow a lot of “toads”. “We are currently defending the citizen’s income. Although that goes completely against the grain of me.” According to Kubicki, people lose faith in the welfare state when work is no longer worthwhile.

Citizens’ income is intended to replace the current Hartz IV system. It failed in the Bundesrat due to resistance from state governments led or involved by the Union. The mediation committee of the Bundestag and Bundesrat should find a compromise on Wednesday.