Magdeburg (dpa) – In the dispute over the coming votes over a higher broadcast price in Germany, Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) invited the coalition to a special meeting.
According to information from the German news agency, he invited top representatives of the CDU, SPD and Greens to a coalition committee on Tuesday. The only topic is probably the difficult situation before the important votes on an inter-state treaty, including an increase in contributions. Saxony-Anhalt could be the only federal state to vote against the adjustment of the broadcasting fee of 86 cents to 18.36 euros per month from January 2021.
The black-red-green coalition has not yet been able to agree on a unified vote. If that does not change, not only the nationwide increase in staffing costs will be jeopardized, but also the survival of the state government. The media committee will position itself on Wednesday, the final vote in parliament is scheduled for mid-December. The SPD and the Greens want to support the increase planned for January 1. The CDU rejects the project and argues for the lack of reform readiness in public law.
The new contribution was determined by an independent committee and signed by the prime ministers. For it to come, however, all 16 state parliaments must agree, and most of them have already done so. Saxony-Anhalt is considered the only wobbly candidate.
The AfD opposition is also against the premium increase. The CDU and AfD together have a majority in the media committee and in parliament. No separate vote is foreseen in the coalition. In the event of disagreement, it is agreed to abstain from the vote. According to the three coalition parties, that is out of the question in this case. In this case, the state treaty would be discontinued with only the votes of the AfD, as it has more votes than the second opposition party, on the left, that wants to agree.
Prime Minister Haseloff had announced that he wanted a unanimous vote from the coalition. The conflict is a constant topic among government partners, and the threat of veto by the CDU and AfD is causing excitement and criticism across the country.
The Union’s media policy spokeswoman Elisabeth Motschmann warned the CDU of Saxony-Anhalt of the planned maneuver. “You should certainly not do a common cause with the AfD,” she told the editorial network Germany (RND / Monday).
While the top leaders of the SPD and Greens have not so far held back with comments, warnings and criticism, the federal party CDU has so far lacked a public position. SPD Secretary General Lars Klingbeil again criticized this. “The CDU is playing with fire again and a few months after the shame of Thuringia is now preparing the next collaboration with the AfD in Saxony-Anhalt,” he told the Tagesspiegel (Monday). “The fact that the federal government is silent about this is not a good sign.”
There are a number of worst case scenarios for ending the coalition just months before the state election. According to reports, they range from a withdrawal of the SPD and Green Ministers from the cabinet and a CDU minority government, to a withdrawal of Prime Minister Haseloff to the premature dissolution of the state parliament and early elections. A new state parliament would be elected on June 6, 2021.
The Greens made it clear at a party conference on Friday that they see no basis for further government cooperation if the CDU votes with the AfD and against the coalition partners. The SPD sends out similar signals. Both want to avoid this situation with further discussions and suggestions. The CDU faction sees the criticism as a threat and blackmail and wants to hold on to its vote. She will meet on Tuesday morning for further consultation. There are also group meetings in the SPD and the Greens.