Green politician defends Robert Habeck against FDP criticism

Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) wants to relieve citizens and companies. For this he needs the necessary funds from the Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP). Image: IMAGO / Frank Ossenbrink

Navid Moshgbar

Rising energy prices are a burden on the population. But companies are also complaining about the increased burden. The end of the price spiral is not yet in sight – company bosses are wondering whether they can continue their business or whether a business closure could be pending. A question that also concerns the Federal Minister of Economics, Robert Habeck.

Most recently, he was criticized for an unfortunate attempt to explain the difference between bankruptcy and going out of business. Habeck announced on Instagram that small and medium-sized businesses would not be let down.

But the plans of the Green politician Habeck come across the coalition partner FDP pissed off

From the point of view of the Greens, Federal Minister of Finance Christian Lindner (FDP) should provide funds as quickly as possible for extending the energy cost aid to small and medium-sized companies.

Katharina Dröge, leader of the Greens parliamentary group in the Bundestag, called on Lindner to quickly promise sufficient funding. “The question of financing must not stand in the way,” she told the “dpa”. A spokesman for the Greens parliamentary group said that an amount in the double-digit billions was necessary “so that the aid could develop the necessary power”.

FDP criticizes loose handling of taxpayers’ money

That goes against the grain of the FDP. The Liberals now portray the Greens as a party in generous pants. What they can’t do is manage properly. From party circles it was said to the “dpa”:

“Robert Habeck and the Greens don’t yet know exactly what they need money for. But they won’t do it for less than two-digit billions. It’s obviously easy to do politics with someone else’s money. That’s not a serious way of using taxpayers’ funds.”

The statement by the FDP is a violent broadside against the coalition partner. The Green MP Felix Banaszak defended his parliamentary group leader and Federal Minister of Economics Habeck on Twitter.

Banaszak writes there that he cannot imagine that Christian Lindner would put up with it if “several handicraft businesses went bankrupt”. At the same time, Banaszak emphasizes that Habeck would “massively support the suffering middle class”.

(With material from dpa)

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