Flood: SPD chief budget officer brings suspension of the debt brake into play

Rohde added that it will now be examined “closely” whether we can achieve this financial dimension.

Flood: SPD chief budget officer brings suspension of the debt brake into play

Rohde added that it will now be examined “closely” whether we can achieve this financial dimension. The member of the Bundestag, whose constituency of Oldenburg-Ammerland is one of the regions particularly affected by the current flood, also referred to the federal government's special responsibility. “It was true for the people in the Ahr Valley a few years ago and it still applies today: the people in the affected regions can rely on the federal government,” he told “Stern”.

As a result of the Federal Constitutional Court's budget ruling, the Bundestag had to pass a supplementary budget for 2023 in December - and to do so again suspend the debt brake.

The FDP, which governs the federal government with the SPD and the Greens, is currently rejecting a suspension of the debt brake for 2024. On the other hand, in recent weeks there have also been voices from several parties and economic experts calling for a fundamental reform of the debt brake anchored in the Basic Law.

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