SPD party conference: Scholz assures Ukraine of further help despite the budget crisis

SPD party conference
Scholz assures Ukraine of further help despite the budget crisis

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) speaks at the SPD’s regular federal party conference at the Berlin exhibition center. photo

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According to surveys, dissatisfaction with Chancellor Scholz is greater than ever before. There have also been rumblings in his party recently. Can Scholz rally the 600 delegates behind him with his speech?

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has sworn to the unity of his party, even under public pressure. Some would have expected that cohesion would be over at the SPD party conference in Berlin this weekend. But that won’t happen, Scholz made clear in his party conference speech on Saturday. “This social democratic party will continue to work together for the next few years,” he emphasized. Nobody expected the SPD to hold out for so long.

Scholz looked back four years. At that time too, the SPD was in a very difficult situation. No one believed the Social Democrats would be successful in the federal election two years before the 2021 election. The SPD is currently in a similar situation: two years before the federal election currently planned for 2025, the SPD’s poll numbers are once again in the basement.

Scholz assures Ukraine of further help despite the budget crisis

Despite the budget crisis, Scholz has assured Ukraine of continued support in its defense against Russia. Germany will continue to help Ukraine financially and with weapons, said Scholz. Addressing Russian President Vladimir Putin, he added: “He should not and must not expect us to let up.”

Scholz emphasized that Germany must be able to continue the aid and possibly achieve even greater things. Decisions will be made “that will keep us in a position to continue doing this.”

Scholz rules out dismantling the welfare state in a budget crisis

Scholz has ruled out a serious cut in social benefits because of the budget crisis. “In such a situation there will be no dismantling of the welfare state in Germany,” promised the SPD politician. The welfare state is one of the greatest achievements that Germany has achieved. It is part of the country’s DNA, its self-image, that no one is given up. That is the basis of prosperity, said Scholz.

The Chancellor was confident that he would be able to reach a result in the budget negotiations with Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) and Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens). “We are not faced with an unsolvable task. Everyone now just needs to come to an agreement,” he said. At the same time, Scholz admitted that the situation was very difficult, “especially when you can’t just do it the way you think is right, but also have to come to an agreement with others.”

Scholz is sticking to the citizen’s allowance increase

Scholz (SPD) defended the planned increase in citizens’ money by around twelve percent. The significant increase is “used by those who actually think that what is paid to those who are currently out of work is always too much,” said Scholz. “But I think you have to resist.”

In view of the budget crisis, there had been increased discussions about citizens’ money again. FDP General Secretary Bijan Djir-Sarai recently called for a reassessment in “Bild am Sonntag”. According to General Secretary Carsten Linnemann, the CDU wants to significantly reduce the citizens’ benefit for working young adults in the event of a government takeover.

Scholz promotes skilled immigration

Scholz (SPD) has urgently promoted the immigration of skilled workers. However, he did not repeat his controversial call for large-scale deportations of asylum seekers without the right to remain.

“As a country of immigration, Germany still needs the prospect of accepting those who are necessary for the growth and prosperity of this society,” said Scholz in his speech. He emphasized that just as irregular migration must be limited, immigration of skilled workers should also be encouraged.

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