Formation of government: Economy warns of a hangover

Berlin (dpa) – Business associations have warned of a long government formation after the federal election. All parties have to show responsibility, tackle priorities and forego “tactical maneuvers”, said the President of the BDI industrial association, Siegfried Russwurm.

You need to tackle challenges such as climate protection, digital change or geopolitical crises such as administrative reform, faster planning and approval procedures and a growth program.

The head of the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management, Kerstin Andreae, also demanded that there should not be a month-long hangover. “We need a coalition for climate protection and the energy turnaround as soon as possible.” . “Unfortunately, this raises concerns that it may take weeks before coalition negotiations lead to a result.” This is exactly what must be avoided if the economic recovery is not to be slowed down. “A stuck game and a negotiation phase as long as 2017 is the last thing our operations and companies need in these uncertain times.” The President of the Bitkom digital association, Achim Berg, expressed a similar opinion: “The tactical games of that time cost valuable time, but digitization cannot be delayed.” “In view of poor economic data, Germany as a business location cannot tolerate coalition negotiations at slow pace,” said Federal Managing Director Markus Jerger.

2017: Months of negotiations

The The SPD won the general election on Sunday and plans to appoint Olaf Scholz as chancellor. However, the second-placed Union under top candidate Armin Laschet also wants to speak to the FDP and the Greens. After the election 2017, such an alliance failed after weeks of talks. It then took months for the Union and the SPD to agree on a new version of their coalition. Angela Merkel was finally confirmed as Chancellor by the Bundestag almost six months after the election.

The President of the ZIA real estate association, Andreas Mattner, said with a view to the current result that Germany needs clarity. “The stalemate is a burden on the economy as a whole and means waiting instead of action. As a real estate industry, we need quick decisions on how we can build more housing and stimulate inner cities. ” The retail trade association HDE also insisted on strengthening the inner cities as well as relief for companies.

Hope for the Greens and FDP

The President of the Association of Family Businesses, Reinhold von Eben-Worlée stressed that it now depends on the Greens and the FDP. The next federal government must learn to understand the economy as a partner when it comes to sustainability, not as an opponent. The president of the foreign trade association BGA, Anton Börner, said that it was a matter of combating climate change with “speed and a sense of proportion” and modernizing the business location.

Economists also called for decisions to be taken quickly. The Federal Republic has never been so divided, said the President of the German Institute for Economic Research, Marcel Fratzscher. “We now need speed and courage in forming a government.” The new government must quickly decide on climate protection, digitization and “social renewal”. “If you fail to do this, Germany’s economic prosperity will be at stake and Europe will run the risk of falling behind in the system competition with China and the USA.”

Mittelstand worried

The middle class is asking the future government not to drive up taxes and energy costs. Germany needs a coalition that has the substance and innovative strength of small and medium-sized companies in mind, said the Mittelstand working group on Monday. “Even higher taxes and energy costs in the high-tax and high-energy-price country of Germany are massively damaging the substance of our operations and companies, the fundamentals of SMEs as a whole.”

What is also needed are ambitious measures to secure skilled workers , strengthening vocational training, reducing bureaucracy, securing financing options for small and medium-sized companies and promoting start-ups. When it comes to legislation, the concerns of small and medium-sized enterprises must be taken into account in all federal ministries.

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