The SPD is according to the assessment of their former party leaders, Sigmar Gabriel, with their social-policy reform plans on the right path. In particular, the SPD Minister for labour, Hubertus Heil, proposed the introduction of a basic pension for long-term employees without a means test he can think is "Long overdue," Gabriel said on Tuesday in Germany radio. The need to estimate work value. "And this must pay off in retirement."
Gabriel regretted that the introduction of the basic pension had failed to do in the last legislative term. At the time, Gabriel, the party Chairman and Vice Chancellor. The former social Affairs Minister and current party leader Andrea Nahles have viewed the project as "rather low priority" because there were concerns in your own Ministry and of the Minister of Finance, Wolfgang Schäuble. At the latest before the Bundestag election in 2017 would have the demand revisiting. "It was a big mistake in the election campaign at the time, that we can not make the basic pension on the topic of," said Gabriel.
conflict between him and Nahles was "no Surprise"
In the past week had made Gabriel on Twitter explicitly Nahles responsible for the basic pension"". "I have, this is no secret within the SPD, at the time, for not properly kept," said Gabriel. "That was a conflict between Mrs Nahles and to me, this is no Surprise." It was in view of the current decision, but no matter.
The Nahles proposed on Sunday by the SPD Board's decision easing of Hartz IV Gabriel called correctly. It is going to correct "material errors" of the former Hartz IV reforms. "If someone has worked for a long time, through no fault of the unemployed, should be part of the not in a relatively short time on social assistance levels fall."
on The question of whether the advances of the SPD could strain the coalition government, referred Gabriel to the revision clause in the coalition agreement. Accordingly, it should be after two years of a kind of political finances. The CDU and CSU had called for in January, even to check whether the statements in the coalition agreement is still time to be. "I think it's actually a very good idea," said Gabriel. "Because it is either agreed or not agreed."