Progressive Fiscal Policy – For a Just Future

Who Pays the Bill for a Just Future?

Corona, climate, war – the present is marked by crises. At the same time, our future is at stake. So how can we overcome the current crises and shape the future in a way that is safe and just? What’s clear is that we need to invest immediately and massively over the coming years. And the state has a decisive role to play. Through its spending and investment policy it influences economic development, safeguards social cohesion and makes our society fit for tomorrow and beyond.

But who should pay for the necessary public spending and investment? How do we finance looming present and future challenges? With the focus project “Who Pays the Bill? – For a Just Future!” we want to create a space where ideas, both old and new, to be developed and refined. It’s about how we can distribute the costs of upkeeping our common good and community life, today and tomorrow, in a generationally fair, sustainable and solidary way – in Germany as well as other countries in Europe and the rest of the world.


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Rising Prices, Exploding Costs: What to Do About High Inflation?

Rising Prices, Exploding Costs: What to Do About High Inflation?

High inflation rates and the resulting high financial burdens for private households and companies currently dominate the economic policy discussion in Germany and many other countries. more
What to do About Inflation?

What to do About Inflation?

Inflation is back and currently dominating the economic and socio-political discussion in Germany as well as in many other countries. This blog series takes a closer look at the situation in different EU Member States. more

Topic Overview


Investing in the future:

Creating opportunities and overcoming challenges – the state contributes to stability and justice in society by investing in infrastructure, education, digitisation, health, social housing and, let’s not forget, measures against climate change. The costs of not investing are extremely high and the consequences would endanger the prosperity of both current and future generations. 

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Fair taxes:

Generating the necessary revenue for the state to do its duty and generate incentives for socially and ecologically sustainable action – the state has the power to do this, among other things, with its tax system. However, the changes and challenges that have been observed for some time now require reforms of important state revenue sources in order to distribute burdens in a fair and targeted manner. 

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Appropriate debt:

In order to invest strategically in the future and to stabilise economic development in times of crisis, the state should also resort to taking on sufficient debt in a reasonable manner. This also distinguishes a strong and capable state that actively shapes economic and social development with its financial policy. 

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Fighting inflation:

What to do when everything becomes more expensive? This question is currently being raised against the background of significantly rising prices, especially for energy and food. A fair fiscal policy can and must counteract the current inflationary pressures as quickly, efficiently and purposefully as possible by making adjustments to various mechanisms.

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