After the Bundestag decision for a new citizens’ allowance, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder threatened to block the law in the Bundesrat.

The CSU chairman Markus Söder told the newspapers of the Funke media group: “The citizen’s income cannot be approved in the Bundesrat. The basic income disadvantages the lower income groups who have to work hard: cashiers, hairdressers, bus drivers, police chiefs who try to make ends meet every day – and in the end have to realize that not working is almost as lucrative as working. That’s unfair.”

On Thursday, the Bundestag launched the citizens’ allowance planned by the traffic light coalition with the majority of the SPD, Greens and FDP. The Union in particular had vehemently rejected the law in advance because there would then be no significant difference in income between people with basic income and low earners.

Söder is now calling for only the standard rates in the basic security to be increased. According to a proposal by CDU leader Friedrich Merz, the law could be split. “Then higher standard rates could be decided now,” he said. “It is incomprehensible that the traffic light is closed to this.”