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SPD wants to reform child allowance

The SPD wants to reform the child allowance system: at least 250 euros per child, an income-based payout and a "participation account"...

Nitrate pollution: Umwelthilfe sues states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony

In North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, nitrate pollution in groundwater sometimes exceeds the permissible level by threefold. Deutsche Umwelthilfe, an environmental association,...

Cabinet retreat yields new plans for e-car incentives and digital strategy

The Merkel government has decided to further increase incentives for e-cars and improve nationwide mobile phone coverage. At its...

Nord Stream 2 pipeline nears completion while controversy remains

The Bundestag has cleared the final hurdle for the completion of the Nord Stream 2 project in the Baltic Sea. The pipeline...

Green light for ‘Kenya’ coalition in Brandenburg

The formation of a new government coalition in Brandenburg get its go-ahead: After SPD and CDU, the Greens have approved the formation...

Cabinet to lower healthcare contributions for company pensioners

Up until now, pensioners have had to contribute 15% of their company pensions to the public health insurance fund. According to a...

Green Party re-elects leaders at party conference, calls for raising minimum...

At the end of the party conference, the Greens called for an increase in the minimum wage to twelve euros. On...

Bundestag president Schäuble calls for parliamentary reform

President of the Bundestag Schäuble has again called for a reduction in the number of MPs in the Bundestag. According to him,...

Grand Coalition scraps ‘Soli’ tax (almost) entirely

The parliamentary groups of the GroKo (Grand Coalition) passed a bill in the Bundestag to abolish the solidarity surcharge* for most citizens....

Bundestag passes law for mandatory measles vaccination

After a long and intensive debate the Bundestag has decided to make measles vaccinations compulsory. This will apply in day-care centers, schools,...