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Hartz IV: Scholz finds Nahles' reform plans good

  • Hartz IV is considered one of the most important reasons why the SPD has been drastically losing popularity for years.
  • On Sunday, the SPD board will meet for a two-day retreat and discuss concrete ideas.
  • Scholz made it clear in advance that he fundamentally supports the reform plans proposed by Nahles.

From Cerstin Gammelin, Berlin

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz advocates the further restructuring of the welfare state, as proposed by SPD leader Andrea Nahles. It is always the SPD that keeps the welfare state "up to date," said Scholz on Friday South German newspaper, And because the time has changed, a good fifteen years after the last fundamental reforms to date, the SPD is "again proposing a modernization of the welfare state."

Scholz, who is attributed to the conservative wing of the party, shows that he is parting with his party's departure from the Hartz system. Together with the Greens, the SPD adopted in the year 2003 under Chancellor Gerhard Schröder the Agenda 2010, which included far-reaching reforms of the social system and the labor market. As one of the consequences, the low-wage sector has grown to more than four million workers, many of whom are threatened with poverty among the elderly.

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The SPD is now trying to refute the fierce criticism of the consequences of the reforms at that time by new welfare state reforms. Hartz IV is considered one of the main reasons why the party has been drastically losing popularity for years. On Sunday, the SPD board will meet for a two-day retreat and discuss concrete ideas.

Scholz made it clear on Friday that he fundamentally supports the plans for reform proposed by Nahles. The ever faster change of the world of work through technical progress and globalization should not be accompanied by less security, said the party vice. "This is not a natural law." He therefore considered "improvements in the duration of the unemployment benefit reference" necessary. In addition, "even 45- or 51-year-olds should have the right to a professional restart, so that they can nevertheless exercise a qualified and decent paid profession". Workers who have been employed for many years may not suddenly see their entire life effort devalued. Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) had presented this concept last weekend, a concept for a basic pension. He wants to supplement the pension of low earners with at least 35 contribution years without further need test by up to 447 euros a month. A majority of Germans support the idea. For the first time in months, the SPD rises in the Sunday question again in the electorate.

Scholz has repeatedly been accused of being too business friendly. His support is also important to Nahles because there are other critics; the party is nervous about the course because of the low poll numbers. And her former chairman Sigmar Gabriel further intensifies the unrest. The once-fervent supporter of the grand coalition now advises his party to consider its end. It only makes sense to govern if the coalition agreement is "sufficiently geared to the challenges of tomorrow," Gabriel said mirror, His feeling was, "that he is not." He regularly advises him since he had to leave the post in 2017.

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