Despite many misgivings, EU and FDP support the Greece course of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). The groups of the Union and FDP voted late Thursday to special sessions majority for a joint resolution to another billion aid. FDP Chief and Vice Chancellor Philipp Rösler said after four-hour debate in the Liberals: “We have received a clear mandate as the Federal Government for a strong euro.”
According to the participants, there were Union and FDP together nine votes against and five abstentions. The necessary coalition majority for the vote in the Bundestag this Friday seems so secure. It could be but closely for the symbolic Chancellor’s majority. It it not depends on however in the Greece application. In addition, the ranks of the opposition are not closed according to the coalition. There is no roll-call vote has been requested.
The governing parties take this with a further aid package for Greece, but make this in strict conditions. Call for the integration of private banks, pension funds, insurers, and investors for a new aid package. Germany’s approval will be there only according to application “If a proper involvement of private creditors is introduced“. Thus to a “fair burden-sharing between the public and private sides are achieved.”
Approval for aid only with involvement of IMF
Before a decision at EU level, the Federal Government to obtain approval of the Bundestag’s view of the political groups. In addition, Germany should only accept new aid if the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will contribute financially. The Greek Government must also ensure a significant contribution to the reduction of the total debt with an “ambitious and actionable in the short term privatisation programme”. Similarly, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble had previously formulated the conditions for new aid.
In the Union were eight members of Parliament against the joint motion, four abstained. In the FDP, a member of Parliament with no agreed after long debate around midnight, another abstained. The session lasted far longer than that of the Union. In a first vote for the FDP, there were initially six votes against and two abstentions. After further discussions with the critics has been again.
Bundestag Group Chairman Rainer Bruederle said of a difficult debate. At the end there was great unity. “There will be a one, with an abstention of the 93 FDP deputies.” “This is a good result,” he said with a view to the parliamentary vote.
Previously, it was been feared that at least 15 of 93 FDP members could not go along. The Black Yellow majority in the Bundestag is 37 mandates. The Chancellor’s majority is 19 votes. However, at least two pregnant Union members are missing, which is why the majority shrinks. Union and FDP are based on a clear majority despite the dissenters.