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Rösler promises tax cuts for 2013

The Local · 21 Aug 2011, 11:04

Published: 21 Aug 2011 11:04 GMT+02:00

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"The detailed measures will be decided in time for the 2012 budget, and will come into force on January 1, 2013," the leader of the Free Democratic Party told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday.

But Rösler said he could not be specific on the scale of the cuts until economic prognoses and tax income estimates for the coming year were available. "Only then can we be serious," he said.

Rösler also denied rumours that he has a bad relationship with Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble from the government's senior coalition partner the Christian Democratic Union. "Wolfgang Schäuble and I get on well. We have reconciled ourselves," he said.

As if to demonstrate the strength of Germany's ruling coalition, Rösler repeated the government's line on eurobonds, a measure currently being proposed to help the European Union out of its debt crisis. "I rule out that there will be eurobonds with this government," he said. "That would dramatically threaten our growth in Germany."

He also said his party took some of the credit for reinforcing the government's tough stance on eurobonds. "We have just prevented the introduction of eurobonds, which would have cost us dear," he told the paper. "When it comes down to it, the people can count on the FDP."

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13:57 August 21, 2011 by storymann
Promises to cut taxes echoes as a future run for the Chancellery.
19:19 August 21, 2011 by twisted
We all know this is just a gimmick by the FDP to gain votes in the lead up to the next election. I doubt they will reach the needed 5%, but just in case they do stay in the coalition and do manage to reduce taxes, I hope it is the VAT as that one really affects ME!!!!
20:02 August 21, 2011 by karldehm
Dr. Rösler has to be smoking something besides tobacco. Germany is almost broke and he wants to cut taxes. Sounds awful like the Republicans in the US and look at the financial hole they're in. Lets get rid of the debt first and then think about reducing taxes. If you have less debt, you have more money to spend. To me that sounds like a much smarter approach or am I missing something.
21:23 August 21, 2011 by auniquecorn
Dr. Rösler won´t be around in 2013 he´ll lose his job after the next plagerizem charges are borught up.
10:21 August 22, 2011 by dbert4
Seems like no one wants tax cutting at the expense of solvency except the FDP, what US Republican-like tools they are.
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