Greens Lead German Election Polls With More Tax, Less Work Manifesto

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Greens Lead German Election Polls With More Tax, Less Work Manifesto

Greens Lead German Election Polls With More Tax, Less Work Manifesto

The Greens polling ahead of Chancellor Merkel’s conservative CDU is a pivotal moment in German politics – one that could have geo-strategic repercussions. The German Green Party is polling 7 points ahead of the CDU/CSU and 15 points ahead of the SPD. The Christian and Social Democrats have, in various combinations, ruled Germany for generations. A Green-led government will be a shock to the industrial powerhouse of Europe.

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Annalena Baerbock’s Greens will tear up the fiscal rule book which has kept Germany on a sound financial basis for generations; the party has pledged to spend €500 billion over the next decade on the “socioecological transformation” of the economy on top of the pandemic’s damage to the nation’s finances. The left-wing agenda includes:

  • Cranking up wealth taxes
  • A 50% increase in welfare payments
  • Doubling carbon taxes
  • Banning short-haul flights
  • Raising income taxes
  • A right to a 30 hour working week and a right to work from home
  • Rent caps

One thing they are surprisingly less extreme about is cutting carbon emissions: where Boris is promising to cut Britain’s emissions by an impossible 78%, the German Greens are only aiming for 70%…

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