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Federal Council votes for Growth Opportunities Act

(de-news.net) – The Federal Council confirmed the Growth Opportunities Act on Friday after there had already been a majority in the Bundestag. There had until recently been resistance from the CDU-CSU after an initial rejection in the Federal Council last year. The project includes stimuli…

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Pensions increase the same in East and West Germany

(de-news.net) – Pension payments in Germany will be increased noticeably in the second half of 2024. According to the Federal Ministry of Labor, the adjustment in East and West is equal to 4.57 percent – for the first time after West and East pension levels…

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Criticism of the draft law for planned hospital reform

(de-news.net) – Several of the statutory health insurance companies are preparing to increase contributions after the draft hospital reform bill has been announced by Federal Health Minister Lauterbach (SPD). According to estimates, the additional contribution rate will have to increase by 0.3 percent by 2027….

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Ministers of Education for opening up the teaching profession – criticism from associations

(de-news.net) – The Conference of Ministers of Education would like to open up the teaching profession in view of the ongoing shortage of trained teachers. In the future, graduates with just one subject will be allowed to become teachers instead of currently two subjects to…

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Özdemir speaks out against parts of the EU agricultural reform

(de-news.net) – Federal Agriculture Minister Özdemir has criticized the weakening of environmental regulations for farmers as being too far-reaching. Relief and reductions in bureaucracy should not neglect environmental protection, said the Green politician. He spoke out in favor of adjusting the plans. According to the…

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Heil (SPD) announces “social guarantee,” Lindner (FDP) wants to talk about retirement age

(de-news.net) – Federal Labor Minister Heil (SPD) has announced a social guarantee. He is not prepared to move away from the retirement age of 63, at this time. Heil said that “no services that are granted to citizens” by law will be reduced – even…

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Right to strike: Klingbeil against changes, Union parties submit proposals

(de-news.net) – SPD chairman Klingbeil has spoken out against changes to the right to strike and described identical demands as a “big hammer.” The CDU-CSU had previously called for stricter strike rules in the area of critical infrastructure. For example, the Mid-Tier and Economic Union…

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Payment card for asylum seekers: details to be clarified

(de-news.net) – The German Association of Cities has complained that certain details about the planned payment card, which is to be issued as part of the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act, are still open. Without firm, common regulations, we may be heading towards a patchwork quilt,…

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Paus: both genders are needed in MINT and social professions

(de-news.net) – Half of the ten professions in which the greatest shortage of skilled workers is to be deplored are to be found in economic sectors in which the majority of women are found, according a study by the German Economic Institute that media reports…

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Train drivers’ strikes: Bahn blames union, Amthor (CDU) calls for reforms

(de-news.net) – Before the GDL strikes from Wednesday 6 p.m. to Friday 5 a.m. for freight traffic and Thursday 2 a.m. to Friday 1 p.m. for passenger traffic, Deutsche Bahn has described the union’s “maximum demands” as “unachievable” and a massive threat to the railway…

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GDL will strike for 35 hours from Thursday, followed by “waves”

(de-news.net) – The train drivers’ union GDL has announced a 35-hour strike in passenger transport starting at 2 a.m. on Thursday. Rail vehicles will no longer be used in freight traffic from Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. The chairman of the GDL, Weselsky, claimed that…

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Lindner (FDP): stock pension will be launched

(de-news.net) – A share-based pension package is due to be formalized shortly, Federal Finance Minister Lindner (FDP) has announced. The initial concerns of the Greens, who form the so-called traffic light coalition alongside the SPD and FDP, have been dispelled, he explained. The reform represents…

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Heil and Baerbock against significant cuts in social security

(de-news.net) – Federal Labor Minister Heil (SPD) has spoken out against a moratorium on social benefits proposed by Federal Finance Minister Lindner (FDP). It is not advisable to pit external security against social security. Otherwise, support in Germany for external security will be lost. One…

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Citizens’ money: those who refuse to work will face cuts

(de-news.net) – The German Association of Cities and Municipalities has put forward a proposal to make willingness to work a condition for the amount of citizen’s benefit that benefitiaries receive, inkluding Ukrainian refugees. This is the case in Denmark, Poland and the Netherlands. Germany must…

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After a study on hate on the Internet, Faeser and Paus want chat rooms especially for children and young people

(de-news.net) – Federal Interior Minister Faeser (SPD) and Federal Family Minister Paus (Greens) want to initiate virtual chat rooms exclusively intended for children and young people. It’s about creating a larger number of “protected spaces” on social media, said Faeser, according to a media report….

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The Growth Opportunities Act has taken a step

(de-news.net) – The Growth Opportunities Act, which has already been passed by the Bundestag, has been approved by the Mediation Committee, the body in which the German Bundestag and the Bundesrat negotiate compromises. The law includes tax cuts for German companies as well as measures…

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Bundestag decides to partially legalize cannabis

(de-news.net) – The German Bundestag has decided to partially legalize cannabis. According to the new legal provisions, adults will in future be allowed to possess 50 grams of the drug for their own use. What is more, the cultivation of three plants in the apartment…

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18 business associations for the Growth Opportunities Act, blocked in the Federal Council

(de-news.net) – A group of 18 business associations have asked the Federal States represented in the Federal Council to end the blockade of the Growth Opportunities Act as soon as possible. The law will relieve the burden on medium-sized companies if it is passed. According…

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FDP: Germany needs an economic “startup package”

(de-news.net) – The FDP has proposed a departure package for the German economy. The nominal gross domestic product in Germany was at 4.46 trillion Euros in 2023. This makes the Federal Republic the third largest economy after the USA and China. However, during a visit…

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Union parties present proposal in support of the German economy

(de-news.net) – The Union parties in the German Bundestag have submitted a twelve-point plan to Chancellor Scholz (SPD) in support the German economy. The proposal contains, among other things, the demand to limit social contributions to 40 percent of gross wages, to give tax advantages…

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FDP for Growth Opportunities Act and abolition of the Solidarity Surcharge for companies

(de-news.net) – The FDP has spoken out in favor of providing additional relief to German companies. The FDP’s budget spokesman in the German Bundestag, Fricke, has specifically put forward a proposal to abolish the Solidarity Surcharge for companies and thus achieve relief of 12 billion…

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