Essen (dpa / lnw) - North Rhine-Westphalia's Finance Minister Marcus Optendrenk (CDU) has broken a lance for cash. "Basically, I am of the opinion that cash is important and that it must be preserved despite the digitization of our lives," Optendrenk told the "Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung/WAZ" (Tuesday/Essen). Many citizens would have a better overview of their financial situation if they paid with notes and coins.
The black-green state government wants to take action against dubious cash transactions. He has no understanding if someone shows up to the foreclosure sale of real estate with wads of money or if huge sums of cash are laid on the table in other transactions. The origin of the assets should possibly be disguised. "We have to stop that," said the new minister of "WAZ".