Resistance in the Union faction against the Macron-Merkel plan remains subdued. The SPD is satisfied.
BERLIN taz | Klaus-Peter Willisch, CDU MP from Limburg, looks through the Macron-Merkel plan Germany in danger. Germany only had to pay for the 500 billion package according to its economic strength. "The creation of an independent EU debt option opens Pandora's box," said Willisch, who will vote against the plan in the Bundestag. However, this is not surprising. The CDU right has always voted against euro rescue programs in the past.
The tone in the Union faction is rather friendly, according to Macron and Merkel's surprise coup. Although many in the Union are reflexively allergic to sentences in which “EU and debt” appear, the criticism sounds cautious.
"Germany and France must not stand across the barn," says Gunter Krichbaum, CDU MP and chairman of the committee for EU affairs. The plan was therefore “an important signal to connect the widely divergent positions in the EU”. CSU man Hans Michelbach, who always routinely warns of debt in the EU, wants "to examine very critically whether this should not lead to joint and several liability through the back door".
Krichbaum does not see this danger. Because the plan “does not include joint and several liability, but only a proportionate one. This is nothing new. There is also a proportional liability for the ESM rescue package, ”says Krichbaum to taz. The European politician misses the constructive thing about the naysayers in the Union: “We have to find a way to act in solidarity in the EU. From a purely economic perspective, it won't do us any good if other EU countries drown. "
Copyright at SPD
So everything as always? It's not like that. What seems to be nodded inevitably in the Union has long been taboo: Community bonds in the EU and the financing of investments in southern Europe. Merkel has previously stubbornly defended positions on the deal. "Macron has accommodated Berlin in terms of volume, Merkel has given up her reservations about donations," says Krichbaum.
Basically it is Merkel swung onto the line of the SPD, for which Finance Minister Olaf Scholz had shown himself openly. Achim Post, SPD parliamentarian and former MEP, emphasizes that the SPD has the copyright on "common European bonds and solidary investment grants". The SPD faction, so the message, supports Merkel's plan. "Even if I had expected her to change course earlier," said Post.
Want to say: Just because Merkel hesitated so long, the anger grew in southern Europe to the stubborn Berlin. The Chancellor must now "promote the German-French plans with all strength and clarity". SPD-Mann Post is critical of the volume. If possible, it would have to be “more than 500 billion”.
In short: Angela Merkel covers an idea of the SPD very late.