Should the government put limits on capitalism

Union calls on government to act after criticism of capitalism

CDU workers' wing for legal interference with manager salaries

Federal Chancellor Schröder, SPD chairwoman Müntefering and DGB boss Sommer (in the middle) (AP)

The German trade union federation has asked the federal government to act on the capitalism debate initiated by SPD leader Müntefering. The CDU workers' wing is calling for legal interventions in manager salaries in order to limit excesses of the market economy. CDA chairman Weiß called on CDU chairwoman Merkel to take a clear position on the capitalism debate initiated by SPD leader Müntefering. The Union must show that it accepts people's fears and gives answers.

DGB calls on government to act after criticism of capitalism


The German trade union federation has asked the federal government to act on the capitalism debate initiated by SPD leader Müntefering. People had enough of the fact that political announcements and concrete political action fell apart more and more, wrote DGB boss Sommer in the "Bild am Sonntag". The criticism of excesses of capitalism in Germany is more than justified. The North Rhine-Westphalian CDU chairman Rüttgers condemned the current debate on capitalism. At an event in Wuppertal, Rüttgers said that one could no longer deal with a party that for factual motives denigrate entrepreneurs as anti-social.

CDU workers' wing for legal interference with manager salaries


The CDU workers' wing is calling for legal interventions in manager salaries in order to limit excesses of the market economy. The chairman of the CDA, Weiß, also suggested in the "Berliner Zeitung" that the voting rights of those shareholders who hold their securities for the long term should be given greater weight.

This could dampen the fever of short-term speculation. White called on the CDU chairwoman Merkel to take a clear position on the capitalism debate initiated by SPD leader Müntefering. The Union must show that it accepts people's fears and gives answers. Only then would she deserve to take over the government.

"The state must set limits to the economy"


The SPD chairman Müntefering had reiterated his criticism of capitalism last week and called for more action by the state. The state has to set limits - for example when healthy companies are flattened and workers are unemployed because of illegal business, said Müntefering of the 'Bild' newspaper. It could not be acceptable for workers from Eastern Europe to work as bogus self-employed for starvation wages at German slaughterhouses.

"Misconception of Neoliberalism"


In an interview with Deutschlandfunk, the theologian Friedrich Schorlemmer called for government intervention to solve the economic problems. If the market ruled alone, it would not lead to prosperity. Schorlemmer warned against a rise in radical nationalist tendencies. Society should not allow itself to be separated into "still happy job owners" and those "who beg for work".