Coalition agrees on short-time work benefits and electoral reform

Photo: Federal Chancellery at night (via dts news agency)
Photo: Federal Chancellery at night (via dts news agency)

Berlin (dts news agency) – The leaders of the grand coalition have agreed to extend the short-time allowance until December 31, 2021. This was announced by the party leaders of the CDU, CSU and SPD on Tuesday evening. Corona aid for medium-sized companies, such as bridging aid for companies and subsidies for operating costs, is to be extended until the end of 2020.

In addition, CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer spoke of an agreement on electoral reform. According to this, “the unhindered growth of the Bundestag will be countered with a corresponding dampening measure” for the federal election in 2021, and the actual electoral reform should then be implemented in 2025. SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans added that by then an electoral law commission should discuss issues such as lowering the voting age to 16 years and extending the legislative period from four to five years.

Appropriate recommendations should be available by mid-2023. The coalition leaders met in the Chancellery that afternoon.