The corona pandemic triggered the greatest economic crisis in the post-war period.
The federal and state governments have provided triple-digit billions in aid and loans to help the self-employed and businesses.
As an alternative, the Greens are now proposing a temporary reform of tax law to provide companies with additional liquidity and to secure jobs.
The Greens want to grant tax advantages to companies in the corona crisis in order to protect them against the economic consequences of the pandemic. NewsABC.net has received a corresponding request from the party at its parliamentary meeting on Tuesday.
It is primarily about so-called tax loss offsetting – that is, the offsetting of losses not offset by income when measuring the applicable income tax.
The federal government had recently decided that small and medium-sized companies and self-employed persons may offset their tax prepayments from the previous year against their current losses in the corona crisis. Because this reduces the tax burden, those affected can ensure more liquidity.
The Greens don’t go far enough. In their application, they call on the federal government to extend the loss calculation “to mitigate the economic consequences of the Covid 19 epidemic” for a limited period of time. To this end, companies and the self-employed should be allowed to make “qualified estimates” for their expected losses, which should then be chargeable over several years up to 2016 at the latest and up to a sum of one million euros.
Put simply, this means that companies and the self-employed are likely to estimate their losses from the corona crisis this year and then count them against the taxes of the past five years – and thus reduce their own tax burden.
“This gives healthy companies additional liquidity before the crisis in order to secure jobs and start up their business again,” said Danyal Bayaz, head of the Economic Advisory Board of the Green Bundestag faction, to NewsABC.net. “Your recovery can be accelerated without having to take out new loans or loans.”
40 years of the Greens: the eventful history of the eco party
40 years of the Greens: the eventful history of the eco party
In January 1980, very different people met for the founding party conference of the Greens in Karlsruhe. In addition to environmentalists and women’s activists, communists were also represented – as well as some conservatives with a Nazi past.
The Greens had their first great success even before they were actually founded. In 1979 the Bremen Green List moved into the Bremen citizenship with 5.1 percent.
‘Mr President, with all due respect, you are an asshole!’
A quote that has a firm place in the history of the Greens and is an example of how unconventional the Greens were in their early years. The later Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said he was Richard Bundlen (CSU), then Vice President of the Bundestag. He had expelled the Member of the Bundestag from the plenary hall. The next day, Fischer apologized.
Reunification and crisis
The Greens rejected German reunification. For a long time, the continued existence of two German states with a reformed GDR was preferred. The West German Greens also waited a long time to unite East German green parties – and plunged the party into one of its greatest crises. Because the Greens in the West competed separately from their East German allies, the votes were divided between several parties, so that the five percent hurdle was missed altogether. Thus, only eight members of Alliance 90 from the east moved into the Bundestag because of a special regulation after reunification.
While the SPD and CDU quickly adopted their East German partner parties, the Greens waited until 1993. Since then, the party has been the official name of the Alliance 90 / The Greens.
Greens in power
In the 1998 federal election, the Greens won 6.7 percent of the vote and, together with the SPD, formed a red-green coalition led by Gerhard Schröder (SPD) as Chancellor. Joschka Fischer became Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister. The coalition defended its majority in the 2002 federal election and held until 2005. The most important project that the Greens implemented at the time: the nuclear phase-out.
war and peace
In 1999 there was an ordeal in the party. In the Kosovo conflict, German soldiers under a NATO mandate should be deployed for a combat mission. Many in the party were against it, Foreign Minister Fischer argued for it. Speaking at the special party conference in Bielefeld, he shouted: “Auschwitz is incomparable. But I stand on two principles, never again war, never again Auschwitz, never again genocide, never again fascism. For me, both belong together. “
Before he spoke, a man threw a paint bag at him. He suffered a tear in the eardrum. Finally, the delegates voted 444 to 318 for the mission, after which some convinced pacifists turned their backs on the party. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, the Greens also supported military operations in Afghanistan. The realos in the party had prevailed.
The first green prime minister
In 2011 Winfried Kretschmann became the first green prime minister in a federal state. Since then, Baden-Württemberg has been governed green. Many fears from the conservative side have not come true – the CDU junior partner has been in the coalition since 2016, and the car bosses in the state are also satisfied with Kretschmann. A sign that the Greens are much more civic and conservative today than in their early years.
This year Katharina Fegebank wants to imitate Kretschmann. In the mayoral election on February 23, she wants to be Mayor of Hamburg. In surveys, she is on par with incumbent Peter Tschentscher (SPD).
From the ban to the alliance party
After the turn of the millennium at the latest, the Greens have firmly established themselves in the German party landscape. For a long time they had the label of the “prohibition party”, which the chairmen Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck try to change. The party has now moved away from the very left-wing beginnings and is usually very bourgeois.
In addition, the Greens are now positioned so that they can coalition with all parties except the AfD. Party leader Habeck calls the Greens the “Alliance Party” – in contrast to the popular parties CDU, CSU and SPD. However, the two chairpersons still have to prove that they can also implement the high in the polls as a percentage in federal elections.
In surveys, the Greens are usually in second place nationwide behind the Union. The number of members has doubled since 1990 to 85,000 today, and the Greens are involved in the state government in eleven federal states. The party recently benefited greatly from climate change awareness and the Fridays for Future demonstrations. Does concern about the global climate carry a greenery to the Federal Chancellery this decade? Not excluded.