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Weekly update: CDU and SPD agree on deal for higher basic pension for low-income workers

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

By Tom Carson


The CDU and SPD agreed on a deal for a higher basic pension for low-income workers. Senior politicians in Germany’s ruling parties argued that the agreement shows that the GroKo alliance can continue to function. This Spiegel article claims that such a move will fuel a war between generations.


Stephan Brandner, a prominent AfD MP has been removed as chairman of the Bundestag’s legal affairs committee after a string of offensive tweets. It is the first time in the 70-year history of the Bundestag that a committee chairman has been voted out of office in this way. 


Charles Grant continued his coverage of the currently strained Franco-German relations with a comprehensive Twitter thread detailing disagreements over Brexit, 5G controversy and the EU more broadly.


The Bundestag has backed a law to ensure that measles vaccines are compulsory for children.

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