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Monthly Archives: November 2019

EU agrees on 2020 budget

An agreement has been reached in the dispute over the billion-dollar EU budget for 2020. As the Finnish presidency confirmed late this evening, more than 168 billion euros will be made available for disbursements next year. The governments of...

Africa Conference: Merkel wants to strengthen cooperation

The German government has hosted the second major 'Africa Conference', a forum for strengthening and developing cooperation between Germany and the continent. Merkel's message in the House of German Business in Berlin was clear: "Whether it's global peace,...

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 meeting at Meseberg Castle, the Federal Cabinet decided to considerably expand the incentives for electric cars. As decided two weeks...

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 of the Kenya coalition - dubbed after the colours of the participating parties. The result of the ballot was clear....

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 Cabinet resolution, this share will decrease, in some cases by half - a relief for those insured by the statutory...

Green Party re-elects leaders at party conference, calls for raising minimum wage and tougher climate laws

At the end of the party conference, the Greens called for an increase in the minimum wage to twelve euros. On climate change, the delegates agreed on a compromise regarding the controversial carbon tax. The Greens want...

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, not only must there be fewer direct mandates, but also fewer constituencies. "We can't risk having 800...

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. This means that from 2021 it will only be paid by high-income earners. The opposition criticized the law for various...

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, and refugee shelters, among other places. Parents who refuse to comply risk fines of up to 2500 euros.

Bundestag passes climate bill

The federal government's has passed the climate protection law in the Bundestag with the votes of the coalition groups. Green Party group leader Hofreiter spoke of "another bad day for climate protection". With the votes of the CDU/CSU...