After Wednesday’s emotional general debate, the budget for the Ministry of the Interior and Health is being discussed and argued today. Follow the debate live here.

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Günter Krings (CDU), has defended the record budget for the department. “Because it is a budget for the immune system of our democracy,” Krings said in the Bundestag on Thursday during the debate on the internal budget for 2021. Expenditure of nearly EUR 18.46 billion is planned for the coming year, Krings said. increase of 3, 3 billion euros.

Among other things, this would reach the additional 7,500 positions for the security authorities agreed in the coalition agreement between the CDU, CSU and SPD, Krings said. In the debate, he represented Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU), who was quarantined as a precaution after contacting an employee who tested positive for the coronavirus.

“This is a security risk”

SPD deputy leader Dirk Wiese accused the coalition partner of blocking the planned constitutional protection law. “That’s a security risk,” said Wiese. The project is “important to the security authorities in the fight against extremism”. The CDU interior expert Thorsten Frei, however, rejected the charge that his parliamentary group prevented the law from being considered. “We can immediately introduce the amendment to the federal constitutional protection law in plenary next week – we as the union faction are ready immediately.”

Left-wing parliamentary group deputy André Hahn accused the coalition of setting dubious priorities: “More than half a billion euros is available for BND’s own surveillance satellites. increase.”

The Green Group’s spokeswoman for migration policy, Filiz Polat, complained of failures in the field of immigration and integration. She dismissed deportations to civil war countries such as Syria as “irresponsible”.

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