Christian Lindner is facing his most difficult task

There is so much in this document of change, the coalition agreement, which is really not a treaty, that costs money that the treasurer will have to be extremely careful. Not that afterwards he is the one who got the debit and credit mixed up. Hard times are in store for Christian Lindner as finance minister. And thus no less on the FDP.

Because if your boss does not comply with the debt brake (anchored in the constitution) from 2023 and still invests extensively, the FDP will end up with empty pockets, as with Lindner godfather Guido Westerwelle. So he has to “deliver” to take up a word from another, almost forgotten chairman and vice-chancellor Philipp Rösler.

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And it is mandatory. From 14 percent in polls like now to four percent in elections, that can happen quickly. Sometimes politics is just a slide.

Conversely, the office is of course also a huge opportunity. Getting everything financed meant forgetting Olaf Scholz as the big spender and Wolfgang Schäuble as the master of the black zero. The scrambling of the ball (Angela Merkel) can succeed – because the omens are good. And Lindner has consultants who understand something about the matter; Harald Christ, for example, the treasurer of the FDP. Even Olaf Scholz thinks it is good, and that means something.

The change can succeed. She must too

Raising the minimum wage to twelve euros for ten million people; the guarantee of pension stability; the entry into fully funded financing via a fund with seed capital of ten billion euros; the housing program; the conversion of Hartz IV into a citizen’s benefit, in which, among other things, the protective assets are increased; the abolition of the renewable energy surcharge in order to lower the high electricity price; the waiver of an increase in the CO2 tax; the early coal phase-out to 2030; the switch to 80 percent of electricity from renewable energies by then … The list is eternally long.

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And then investments must also be made in the modernization of the infrastructure, in improved mobility of data and traffic. Or, above all: in climate protection to make Germany future-proof. From big to small and back. With Scholz as the former finance minister, who looks safely over Lindner’s shoulder. Especially since the Ministry of Finance is geared entirely towards and by Social Democrats.

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But: the change can succeed. She must too. Modernization is needed, urgently in fact.

There is money for the projects

In addition, Lindner has Scholz at his side in a positive sense, who as Federal Chancellor wants to spend his time on the “largest industrial modernization program in Germany for 100 years”. Accordingly, both will be measured at the same time.

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Why can it work? Experts explain it, briefly, like this: The total tax revenue will be positive double-digit billions. The reserves in the budget are in the double digits. Funds for floods, refugees, corona, subsidies have not been fully paid off, KfW has not paid double-digit amounts to the federal government – billions, mind you.

All in all: the investments should be covered for the next two years. And the economic upturn is then included in the calculation for the coming period. However, this is not just a result of Christian Lindner and the FDP, but also of Economics Minister Robert Habeck. Who is known to be greener. Difficult times are ahead of them.

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