Germany’s ruling Social Democrats have unanimously approved the party’s programme for the general election campaign.
Dubbed ‘trusting in Germany,’ its core parts are increasing tax on high earners and an assurance that there will be no further spending cuts. The key points are seen as trying to win back alienated left-wing voters and party members. Social Democrat chairman Franz Muentefering said: “Our three priorities are work, security and humanity.” The tax on high incomes is perhaps the most controversial part of the SPD’s programme. It has been criticised in some business circles and by the CDU, theopposition conservatives, who are considering raising value added tax instead. The CDU has put the fight against unemployment at the heart of its campaign.Leader Angela Merkel said: “Our theme is ‘make way for work.’ We believe that only by creating jobs can we create growth.” Opinion polls suggest the CDU and the FDP liberals will win comfortably in the election expected in September.