Magdeburg (dpa) – To prevent the blockade of higher radio costs and the premature end of the state government, the coalition partners in Saxony-Anhalt are still looking for a solution.
The media commission will meet Wednesday morning (10 a.m.) and, according to the previous agenda, will make a milestone recommendation for the final vote of the state parliament in mid-December.
Even beforehand, the CDU, SPD and Greens want to meet separately in parliament to negotiate a unified approach on the last meters. The heads of the three parties announced this on Wednesday evening after hours of crisis meetings. Negotiations must continue in a constructive manner. How close the alliance came to an agreement remains open.
There are several options in the room. The media commission could remove the state treaty, including the tariff increase, from the agenda and thus give the coalition more time to negotiate; the three government partners were able to agree on a joint motion for a resolution; whether the dispute leads to the CDU, SPD and Greens voting differently in committee. In this case, it is more likely that a Magdeburg veto on the premium increase and a break in the coalition.
The problem: the state CDU has been pushing for more reforms and cutbacks at the public broadcasters for years and therefore wants to vote against the planned increase in the broadcast contribution from 1 January by 86 cents to 18.36 euros. Together with the AfD they have a majority. But it is not common to vote against the coalition partners – and joint votes from the CDU and AfD are being scrutinized nationally. The federal CDU categorically rules out any collaboration with right-wing populists. The SPD and the Greens have already emphasized that such voting behavior is no longer a basis for further cooperation from the Kenyan coalition.
The SPD and Greens want to vote in favor of the new state treaty and premium contribution – as do all 15 other state parliaments. Your argument: The public broadcasters fulfill a politically determined mandate and the necessary financial resources are calculated by an independent commission. The corona pandemic in particular shows how important the information mandate of the broadcasters is.
Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff wants to prevent a joint veto between his CDU and the AfD and negotiate a unified vote by the coalition. Both are conceivable – that the state treaty is jointly ratified or rejected. Recently, the State Chancellery switched to a new idea with the CDU faction: the contract is withdrawn from the state parliament and future agency costs are recalculated against the background of the corona pandemic and economic losses for many households and businesses.
In fact, this amounts to a blockade, as Saxony-Anhalt’s approval would be off the table by the end of the year. However, the state treaty is invalid if it is not ratified by all state parliaments by the end of December and would have to be renegotiated. The SPD and Greens have so far refused to say no to the contract. They suggested confirming it, but either to have the premium hike go into effect in July and renegotiate the amount by then, or to separately initiate further reforms of the public law system.
Other states such as Bavaria and Schleswig-Holstein refuse renegotiation. In the event of a veto from Saxony-Anhalt, broadcasters are expected to call the Federal Constitutional Court.