Skip to Content

Euros. Stock photo

AfD wants cash enshrined in Basic Law

The AfD parliamentary group has demanded the protection of cash by Basic Law. "Cash is in our sense printed freedom," said Bernd Baumann, a parliamentary leader, on Tuesday in Berlin.

Published: November 6, 2019, 3:42 pm


    For example, cash protects citizens from expropriation through zero and negative interest rates as well as from financial supervision.

    “Without cash, negative interest rates can be pushed relatively far into the red,” said AfD finance politician Peter Boehringer. “We have a problem when cash no longer exists,” he added. “On the one hand, this expropriation becomes possible, on the other hand, total surveillance becomes possible – down to the smallest, most intimate detail.”

    Anyone who can trace a financial trail would eventually learn everything about a person and could eventually “switch off” such an individual economically and socially.

    It is true that the Basic Law stipulates that cash is the only legal means of payment in Germany. But this is not enough today. Therefore, the protection of coins and bills should be enshrined in Article 14 of the Basic Law.

    Arguments against cash, said Boehringer, were “utter humbug”. The big money laundering actions take place via offshore accounts, not with the help of cash.

    According to polls and statistics, Germans rely on cash more than other European nations. A survey conducted by the pollster Civey on behalf of Der Spiegel in August showed that almost half of all respondents prefer to pay in cash. Only just under a third “rather” or “certainly” use a card.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.


    After court decision: No place for AfD party conference

    BerlinAfter massive threats from Antifa, the Berlin AfD party conference planned for the coming weekend cannot take place. On Thursday, the Berlin district court announced its decision that the landlord of the Pankow ball room could not be forced to house the AfD despite a valid lease.

    Protests erupt in Greece over migrant saturation

    AthensMass protests against the admission of asylum seekers began on the Greek islands on Wednesday. The motto: "We want our islands back, we want our lives back."

    Nigerians terrorize Italian city

    PaduaThe Nigerian mafia has been busy in the Italian city of Padua. In less than 24 hours there were two violent episodes in the city center, and as always on via Diego Valeri.

    France: 41 percent ‘ignore’ news

    A survey carried out for a newspaper shows a growing distrust of the French towards the media.

    Gang rapes: Number of foreign suspects in Germany increasing

    BerlinThe proportion of foreign suspects in gang rapes in Germany has increased significantly in the past five years. This is despite the fact that the total number of suspects decreased between 2015 and 2017.

    Candidate recruits people of  ‘Turkish origin’ for French municipal elections

    Given the extent of the controversy, Mohamed Dine has now deleted his ad, previously posted on his Facebook page.

    Charlie Hebdo also defended pedophilia

    ParisLike part of the libertarian left at the time, the satirical newspaper supported three pedophile criminals, accused of having abused minors, before they were sentenced in 1977.

    Conservative German author’s reading cancelled in Dresden

    DresdenGerman author Uwe Tellkamp had his reading cancelled. It was not because of a lack of public interest, illness of the organiser or an important participant, or official orders for violations of the fire protection regulations. No, it had to be canceled because the author has a certain opinion.

    Pedophile personalities shake up French literary scene

    ParisThe French writer Gabriel Matzneff who has been accused by the novelist Vanessa Springora of pedophilia, benefits from low-cost housing in the heart of Paris which was allocated to him in 1994. Some other sordid facts about him and his friends have resurfaced.

    AfD sues German domestic spy agency over tracking

    BerlinThe AfD intends to take legal action against the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the domestic spy agency.

    Go to archive