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CDU/CSU Union’s policies on economic issues



the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseYes, and businesses should be required to publish their salary ranges for each position

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Germany raise taxes on the rich?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Church Tax

Should the church tax be abolished?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  National Pension Fund

Should all government officials be required to pay into the national pension fund?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseYes

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the Economy  ›  Inheritance Tax

Should Germany abolish the inheritance tax?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseNo, not until we decrease our national debt

the Economy  ›  VAT Rates

Should VAT rates be increased or decreased?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseDecrease, to provide economic growth

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseMore

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should German citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseNo, too many wealthy citizens are abusing loopholes in offshore banking laws to evade taxes

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseNo, only if they have a criminal history related to drug abuse

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Germany raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseLower

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseYes, but in the form of tax breaks for all citizens

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

Should bankers’ bonuses be capped at 100% of their pay?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseYes, and lower the cap to 50%

the Economy  ›  Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Do you support the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Greece Bailout

Do you support the EU bailout of Greece?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the government provide tax incentives to private companies to keep jobs within the country?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseHelp, in theory but have recently become corrupt and should have their powers limited

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the EU subsidize farmers?

CU>CU  Party’s support baseYes, but only small local farms instead of large corporations