Germany to have minimum wage 德国将推出最低工资标准

更新时间 2013年 12月 13日, 星期五 - 格林尼治标准时间08:32
Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel: minimum wage for workers in Germany

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记者 Steve Evans 1122日从柏林发回的报道中说,德国准备实行统一最低工资标准。德国总理默克尔领导的联盟党正在和社民党谈判组建联合政府,默克尔说她愿意考虑在统一最低工资标准举措上做出让步。此举受到众多欧元区国家的欢迎。下面是这篇报道的全文:

Chancellor Merkel said she would accept the minimum wage but, in return, would not accede to Social Democrat calls for higher taxes.

The French finance minister welcomed the floor on German pay as a signal of what he saw as a more cooperative German attitude within overall European economic policy.

It is not clear, though, that a German minimum wage would transform the European economic situation. It all depends on what level it is set at, and there is great resistance in Germany to doing anything which would make German exports less attractive.

Quiz 听力测验

1. True or false? Chancellor Merkel would accept both the minimum wage measure and the higher taxes calls.

False. Chancellor Merkel would only accept the minimum wage measure.

2. True or false? The German minimum wage measure is likely to transform the European economic situation.

False. It's not clear that the minimum wage measure would transform the European economic situation.

3. What did the French minister see in the German minimum wage measure?

He saw a more cooperative German attitude within overall European economic policy.

4. In Germany, what do people have great resistance towards?

People have great resistance towards doing anything that would make German exports less attractive.

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