Why the debt brake should not be abolished ("Rheinische Post")

Does Germany suffer from a lack of investment and is this due to the debt brake? In an opinion piece in the German daily "Rheinische Post", Prof. Volker Wieland explains how the debt brake works.

Wieland argues that almost all EU member states undertook to introduce a fiscal rule, preferably in the national constitution. In Germany, the Fiscal Pact is implemented by the debt brake. Therefore, it is not possible to simple abolish the debt brake, Wieland warns.

Moreover, he argues that public investments having increased during recent years. However, funds were not called upon because of cumbersome application procedures or lengthy approval processes and massive local resistance.

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