Updated: Feb 2
By Jack Turner
This week saw Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) call for an increase in the pension of three to four million low-income earners by up to € 447 per month, with a new billion-euro reform program. The plan for reform has been backed by SPD vice-president Malu Dreyer, social unions and Die Linke, while being criticized and dismissed by the FDP as nothing more than a ‘campaign maneuver’.
Elsewhere, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn has claimed that “there is a good chance we will have defeated cancer in ten to 20 years”, following considerable progress in detection and prevention. These claims have been met with backlash however, with the German Foundation for Patients' Protection describing such claims as ‘irresponsible’, and SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach stating such claims risk giving patients false hopes.
Angel Merkel has closed down her Facebook page, citing her stepping down as CDU leader as the main reason for doing so.
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