Germany’s CDU seeks to take control of the economy early – Euractiv

CDU/CSU Leads in German Election Polls, But Economic Concerns Persist and Proposals for Solutions Vary

As Germany prepares for its upcoming elections in late 2025, the center-right CDU/CSU party is currently leading in the polls and is expected to form the next government. However, the economic outlook for Germany remains a cause for concern as many companies have been relocating their production to other countries.

In response, German conservatives are urging Chancellor Olaf Scholz to take measures to address the country’s economic problems. One of their main concerns is getting rid of the EU supply chain law known as the corporate sustainability due diligence directive (CSDDD).

To improve Germany’s economic situation, CDU leader Friedrich Merz has outlined 12 measures that he believes could help. These include cutting corporate taxes by a sixth and capping social security contributions at 40% of gross wages. The conservatives’ support for these measures has been welcomed by the liberal FDP, while the Greens and SPD have been more cautious.

However, this letter from Merz is just one of many proposals on how to address Germany’s economic challenges. Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck has proposed a special shadow budget of €1.6 trillion for industry, while Finance Minister Lindner has suggested a “dynamising programme,” which includes slashed corporate taxes and a focus on CO2 pricing.

The SPD has not yet presented its suggestions for addressing Germany’s economic woes. It remains to be seen which party will come up with the most effective solutions to help Germany overcome its economic challenges in time for the upcoming elections.

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