Munich / Berlin (dpa) – Bavaria rejects the demand of Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus for more Corona aid from the states. “The federal government has a responsibility – it must live up to this and pay for any necessary aid measures. Bavaria, like many other states, is at the limits of its capabilities,” said Bavaria’s Finance Minister Albert Füracker (CSU) on Monday the German press Agency in Munich.
Füracker emphasized that the federal and state governments share a common destiny. “The countries are already under enormous financial pressure.” Bavaria is already supporting its economy, the health system, its municipalities, associations, clubs and institutions, but also its citizens, with sums in the double-digit billion range. “This is an enormous feat of strength for the Free State, which we have to compensate with loans.” There would also be support measures in the double-digit billion range from the Bayern Fund.
Not only in Bavaria have Brinkhaus’s demands caused severe criticism. Hesse’s Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) said on Monday in the online meeting of the CDU Presidium after information from the German Press Agency from several participants about Brinkhaus: “I ask you to moderate yourself in the future.”
Brinkhaus defended his demand on Sunday in the ARD program “Report from Berlin” that the federal states should pay more for corona aid in the future. He had already made a similar statement in the Bundestag on Thursday. Criticism of his statements also comes from Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia and other countries.