7 instead of 19 percent: Innkeepers had hoped to be able to retain the reduced VAT on food during the corona pandemic. However, there is disagreement in the traffic light government.

According to Finance Minister Christian Lindner, plans for a longer reduction in VAT in the catering trade are on the brink. The measure is included in the draft budget for 2023, but is controversial within the coalition, the FDP politician confirmed at the request of the German Press Agency. “It is true that the Greens have major reservations,” he said. He takes that seriously. “I expect a debate on this in the parliamentary consultation process,” said Lindner.