Angela Merkel

Flack from the Back Bench

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Many members of a pro-Christian Democrats business association are "less satisfied" or "not at all satisfied" with Chancellor Angela Merkel's policies in four areas.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Sharp criticism from a leading business association could convince Chancellor Angela Merkel to push through more pro-business policies.

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    • The Economic Council is a business association, with links to the CDU, representing the interests of more than 11,000 German businesses.
    • Michael Bahlsen, the council’s new president, told Handelsblatt that he saw “real shortcomings” in the government’s economic policy.
    • Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU governs with the Social Democrats, which has pushed through pro-labor reforms, including a minimum wage and early retirement.
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German business leaders lined up on Tuesday to criticize Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government, saying it was putting Germany’s future at risk by shunning reforms and doling out benefits.

Michael Bahlsen, the new president of the Economic Council, a business lobby with ties to Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democrats, said the coalition had damaged the power sector with its energy reforms, was too prone to short-term thinking and had made a mistake by lowering the retirement age.

“I see real shortcomings, especially as we have to lay the foundations today for what our children will one day have to manage,” Mr. Bahlsen, 66, the owner and chief executive of the Bahlsen biscuit empire, told Handelsblatt in an interview.

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