Then it becomes changeableBut the grand coalition wants to keep the black zero, so no new debt.
However, the majority of Germans are on the side of science on this issue. This is shown by a representative survey by the opinion research institute Civey for t-online.de. Almost 55 percent are against the fact that the federal government should stick to the black zero even in bad economic times. A good 35 percent are in favor of the black zero, come what may. 10 percent of Germans are undecided.
The black zero means that the state does not incur any new debt. It is therefore stricter than the debt brake that is part of the German constitution and only strictly limits new borrowing.
SPD Vice Chancellor is in favor - SPD supporters clearly against
For the Union in particular, the black zero, i.e. strict budget discipline, is an important conservative position. As Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schäuble had reached her for the first time in 45 years with a balanced budget in 2014.
The SPD finance minister and vice chancellor Olaf Scholz is also considered a supporter of the black zero, he is currently implementing it in government policy. In the SPD, however, there is increasing resistance to his course. Several pairs of candidates for the SPD chairmanship want to say goodbye to the black zero - and thus rebel against Scholz, who is also running for the chairmanship with Klara Geywitz.
The Scholz challengers are met with a lot of approval from SPD supporters, as the current survey shows.