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Last updated at 14:34 GMT, Friday, 22 November 2013

Germany to have minimum wage

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22 November 2013

Germany is to introduce a national minimum wage. Chancellor Angela Merkel said she'd concede this measure to the Social Democrats with whom she is negotiating to form a coalition government. The move was welcomed by other countries in the Eurozone.

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Steve Evans

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel: minimum wage for workers in Germany

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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.

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Vocabulary

accede

agree to do what someone else wants

calls

requests; demands

taxes

money that people and businesses pay to the government

signal

sign; indication

cooperative

helpful

resistance

(here) refusal to accept a change or something new

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