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.
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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