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New FDP calls for end to parenting payment

The Local · 16 May 2011, 09:00

Published: 16 May 2011 09:00 GMT+02:00

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The party’s general secretary Christian Lindner, wrapping up the annual party conference in Rostock on Sunday, said that politicians needed to step back from family planning.

His remarks were part of co-ordinated effort by the beleaguered party to project a new image under the newly-elected party chairman Philipp Rösler.

Rösler vowed to define and implement more clearly the liberals’ business-friendly policies within the coalition with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union.

“Here we go,” Rösler said at the conclusion of the three-day conference, according to daily Die Welt. “The signal of a new dawn has been sent. We are back.”

But Linder was particularly combative, telling the conference as it drew to a close that a “bureaucratically fossilised welfare state” meant the “liberal mission” had to be to “discipline” these “demands,” daily Der Tagesspiegel reported.

Regarding the popular Elterngeld or parenting payment, he said the money had come to be regarded as a social right yet had not served the intended purpose of lifting the birth rate.

“Children are not made through theoretical policies. Therefore politicians should abstain from the urge to do family planning.”

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The €4 billion currently given out as Elterngeld could be much better spent on things such as child care centre places, he said.

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09:52 May 16, 2011 by Johnne
That´s what I call common sense.
11:17 May 16, 2011 by Joshontour
naw dawg i gots to get dat free money, da guv'ment aint dun nuttin fo me
12:50 May 16, 2011 by Aschaffenburgboy
How about a tax break? Get rid of Elterngeld and give the working population a taxbreak.
14:08 May 16, 2011 by William Thirteen
well there goes my reason to have a kid. now the frau is gonna be very disappointed!
17:38 May 16, 2011 by Gretl
"The €4 billion currently given out as Elterngeld could be much better spent on things such as child care centre places" Truer words were never spoken. Want women to work? Want women to have kids? Give them the ability to do both. No one wants to give up their jobs to go on the dole, it certainly means a reduction in income for most people. Not having to choose between kids and poverty or a career with a decent income will increase the German population. At one point I was paying $24,000/yr for childcare, but I was earning $84,000; so that left me with a livable salary (in addition to my husband's). I doubt German will have to pay so much.
19:30 May 16, 2011 by Katzerina
¦quot;Children are not made through theoretical policies. Therefore politicians should abstain from the urge to do family planning.¦quot;

22:35 May 16, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Read an interesting article in The Atlantic Times (a monthly newspaper from Germany) I picked up at the local Goethe Institute. It mentions that the success of the Green Party is its unwillingness to depart from its political roots. Maybe that is what the FDP needs to do, if they haven't already with this announcement, return to their roots.
23:11 May 16, 2011 by cobalisk
No doubt birthrate issues need to be addressed but this is just headline grabbing sensationalism. There is a world of difference between political rhetoric 'Hey lets get in the paper' and actual policy.

Why would parents would vote for a system that would punish them by cutting off money they receive to spend on their own children?

This is pandering to the base politics and if they are not very. very careful, it will help push the FDP further into the woods.
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