Berlin moves to greatly reduce ‘solidarity tax’ for eastern Germany - EuronewsTuesday, August 20, 2019
The bill, proposed by the finance minister from Angela Merkel’s CDU party, has been encouraged with support from the CDU’s coalition partner the SPD.The Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil, said: "It is absolutely time to noticeably reduce the burden on small and medium incomes by abolishing the solidarity surcharge."Weil also thinks it's good that 10% of Germans should continue to pay the solidarity surcharge. "Nobody would understand, however, if the highest incomes in Germany were now to be rewarded with tax gifts totalling around eleven billion euros. We'd better invest this money in education and climate protection."Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, parliamentary party and state leader of the SPD in Hesse, also supports Scholz.What is the Soli tax?The solidarity surcharge was introduced in 1991, to help reconstruction of the east following the reunification of Germany in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall.The tax was originally supposed to be in place only for a limited time but became permanent in 1995.Initially, the solidarity rate was 7.5%, but since 1995 it has been 5.5%. In addition, the surcharge has been unlimited since 1995.Contrary to some assumptions, taxpayers in the west and east have to pay the tax.According to the Ministry of Finance, in 2018 the German state received €18.9 billion as a result.Criticism of the billAccording to the Ministry of Finance, single people with an annual gross income of up to €73,874 would not have to pay anything. From €109,451 gross annual wages, the full supplement would have to be paid.Accordingly, a family with two children and an annual income of €221,375 or more would have ...https://www.euronews.com/2019/08/13/berlin-moves-to-greatly-reduce-solidarity-tax-for-eastern-germany
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Germany: Who killed Daniel H.? - DW (English)Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Merkel also said that such incidents had "no place in our squares or streets." Michael Kretschmer, the premier of the state of Saxony, where Chemnitz is located, contradicted the chancellor, saying that "there was no mob, nobody was chased, and there were no race riots." He rejected media reports that claimed far-right extremists had chased foreign-looking people through Chemnitz. He also said the state alone had a monopoly on the use of force, and that he thought it was "despicable" for the far right to exploit the incident for its own agenda. The already heated situation was aggravated by Hans-Georg Maassen, who at the time served as the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). Maassen told the German tabloid Bild that videos on the internet seemingly showing far-right radicals chasing people they believed to be foreigners may have constituted misinformation published to "divert public attention away from the Chemnitz murder." Germany's Greens and Left party subsequently demanded Maassen resign. Around this time, public broadcaster ARD also revealed that Maassen had tipped off Germany's right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party about an investigation into the organization by his intelligence agency. Eventually, embattled spy chief Maassen was put into "early retirement" by German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. A local councilor from the city of Chemnitz, meanwhile, described to public broadcaster MDR what he had seen on August 26, 2018: "People were chased because they didn't look German," Dietmar Berger said. Even the initial support of Interior Minister Seehofer couldn't save Maassen in the end Is the state of Saxony a hotbed of xenophobia? For years, far-right radicals and xenophobes have tarnished the reputation of Saxony and its 4 million residents. And almost all German parties fear that Saxony is turning into a hotbed of far-right extremism. Indeed, Germany's notorious far-right National Socialist Underground (NSU) terror group was able to go off the radar here for a long time without being detected. And since 2014, regular anti-immigrant PEGIDA rallies have been staged in Saxony's capital, Dresden. Moreover, in 2015, a far-right mob rioted and fought the police because they opposed an asylum-seeker shelter being set up in the town of Heidenau.&...https://www.dw.com/en/germany-who-killed-daniel-h/a-47955256
German far-right leader forms new party with a Nazi symbol - The Times of IsraelTuesday, August 20, 2019
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Poggenburg led Alternative for Germany (AfD) to its strongest state election performance yet when the party won almost a quarter of the vote in Saxony-Anhalt in 2016.
In this Friday, March 11, 2016, file photo, Andre Poggenburg, former regional party leader of Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) in the German state Saxony-Anhalt, arrives prior an election campaign rally of his party in Magdeburg, Germany (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
The 43-year-old resigned as regional party leader last year after labeling Turks as “camel drivers” and immigrants with dual nationality a “homeless mob we no longer want to have.”
In an interview with daily Die Welt, Poggenburg said AfD had made a noticeable “shift to the left” lately for fear of being placed under observation by Germany’s domestic intelligence agency.
Awakening of German Patriots is the fourth breakaway movement to emerge from Alternative for Germany since its founding in 2013.
In 2015, AfD founder Bernd Lucke quit after losing an internal power struggle. His Liberal-Conservative Reformers have one seat in the European Parliament — held by Lucke.
AfD co-leader Frauke Petry quit the party just after Germany’s national election in September 2017. She now leads the Blue Party, with two seats in the national parliament.
The same year the leader of AfD in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Bernhard Wildt, quit the party and formed a grouping called Citizens for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
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