Finance Minister Christian Lindner recently irritated with his statements regarding the 9-euro ticket – but now the tones are more conciliatory. Image: Getty Images Europe / Carsten Koall
From Thursday, September 1st, the nine-euro ticket will be history. That is clear, because a follow-up regulation does not yet exist. And this despite the fact that both citizens and numerous politicians in the traffic light coalition are demanding exactly that. Brake pad so far: among other things, the FDP. And it is precisely this party that is now striking new notes and is now surprising with a clear demand.
Christian Lindner gives hope for affordable tariffs
At the ARD summer interview at the end of August, Finance Minister and FDP boss Christian Lindner irritated with an explosive statement: He claimed that “Antifa” was demonstrating in front of the federal office for the continuation of the ticket. Critics then assumed that Lindner meant by this hint that he was not extending the discounted ticket – precisely because of these “left-wing groups”.
Lindner had to take a lot of criticism and shaking his head on Twitter. Now, however, he himself makes it clear that the demonstrations in front of the federal office did not impress him – and are not the reason for his attitude. In addition, he made the announcement that Transport Minister Volker Wissing wanted to ensure affordable tariffs.
No misunderstandings: states are responsible for local transport. Demo incl. Antifa before the @fdp-Federal office doesn’t impress me. But above all, Volker @Wissing ensure simple, nationwide coordinated and affordable (but not almost free) public transport tariffs. CL https://t.co/RKjgdZJQSV
— Christian Lindner (@c_lindner) August 30, 2022
In an interview with “world” television Christian Lindner recently explained: “49 euros are better than nine”. Overall, however, he remained skeptical about the financing.
Jens Beek: Experiment nine-euro ticket a successful model
And within the FDP, too, the call for more detailed regulation is becoming louder. So far, mainly green and SPD on. Like the news portal “T-Online” reported, the FDP MP Jens Beeck calls for a successor plan.
“In my opinion, the enormous demand alone shows that the experiment is a model for success. The nine-euro ticket impresses in particular with its simplicity and over the summer has made a contribution to people being able to relax, especially after two exhausting corona years have come closer.”
He and his party would therefore stand by the transport minister’s side when he was looking for ways to continue the successful model.
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