Opinions among party politicians differ on the question of how people should be relieved in the face of high energy prices. Left-wing politician Bodo Ramelow warns against the watering can principle.

Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) calls for targeted relief for people with low incomes in view of the high energy prices.

“We shouldn’t go over the whole of society with the watering can again,” he told the “Tagesspiegel”. “Those who are now being hit the hardest by high energy prices, meaning those who have the highest net loss percentage, need a lot more help.” The proposals by Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) on climate money went in the right direction, said Ramelow. “But the FDP will probably want to slow that down too.”

Heil had spoken out in favor of an annual social climate benefit being paid out for people with a monthly gross income of less than 4,000 euros from next year. Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) then proposed a tax reform to relieve middle- and low-income citizens and described it as a counter-proposal to Heil’s climate money.