"A Renaissance of Economic Policy"
Small and medium-sized enterprises and the Union are to find each other better again. CDU/CSU faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus wants to steer a clear course "pro Mittelstand" - and thus finds a lot of support in mechanical engineering.
Ralph Brinkhaus knows and understands the industrial middle class. At the same time, the chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag can speak quite self-critically about himself and his party when it comes to current economic policy in Germany. "The relationship between the Union and the economy is not as it should be. There are too many misunderstandings", he admits openly when visiting the VDMA main board - and it is not only because of these open words that the more than 100 mostly medium-sized family entrepreneurs give him applause. "We urgently need a renaissance of economic policy," stresses Brinkhaus, because he sees society as developing in the same way that many entrepreneurs are concerned about. Most of the people in the country are doing well, which is why they don't give much thought to economic interrelationships - too little, many of the entrepreneurs present find.
"We urgently need a renaissance of economic policy."
But Brinkhaus is just as unwilling to accept this as he is to accept the feeling of the machine builders that the Union has allowed its contact with the economy to deteriorate too much. That is why the head of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group is listing ten "impulses" with which he also wants to spark new impetus for better economic policy in his own party. This includes a reform of corporate tax law, which again favours German partnerships in international competition, as well as an "ecosystem for innovation" that he wants to create. Above all, however, Ralph Brinkhaus is committed to a market economy system in which the state sets clear and reliable rules that also provide long-term planning security for investments - but does not attempt to be the better investor or owner. On the idea of the expropriation of large companies propagated by Juso boss Kevin Kühnert, he says very clearly: "We absolutely must put a stop to this discussion". In his home country of East Westphalia
, Ralph Brinkhaus has experienced up close how medium-sized industrial companies can assert themselves on the world market and create jobs if they are allowed to do so. He therefore also firmly rejects the opposing idea of a state that tries to steer the economy itself by means of micro-control. "The state can't turn economic cycles," he says. The VDMA members would also sign this insight immediately, as would the last appeal Brinkhaus made to many of his political colleagues in Berlin that evening. Germany must remain an open and diverse society, he warns. "Because we depend on the best in the world to come to us."