German minister says childless people should pay more tax

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German politics is trying to decide who will follow up Ms Angela Merkel now that she’s announced her retirement from politics. As this current government will be her last, the CDU conservative party that she leads needs to prep a new Chancellor.

As stated in our coverage of her retirement, only a few of the seven candidates that have stepped forward are to be taken seriously. Ms Merkel would like Ms Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, dubbed in the German media as ‘Mini-Merkel’, to be her successor. The 56-year-old former premier of Saarland ruled the German-French border province from 2011 till 2018 and currently has the best chance of becoming the next CDU leader.

There is currently no difference in pension payments, but childless people between the ages of 23 and 64 already pay 0.25 percentage points more towards long-term care insurance than insured individuals with children.

Spahn, who is one of the three frontrunners to replace Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), said that was how it should be. But he said the amount could “be more.”

“Parents raise future contributors and secure the system for the future,” the minister wrote.

Labor Minister Heil, who is from the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), said the support for families could come from elsewhere: “If we want to strengthen the financial foundation of pension insurance, we should be thinking about a higher pension insurance contribution for very rich people.”

Also on Friday, Germany’s Bundestag approved a multi-billion-euro package to tackle staff shortages in the aged care sector, where there are currently some 35,000 vacant positions.

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