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SPD calls for more education spending

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SPD calls for more education spending
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13:28 CEST+02:00
Social Democratic Party chairman Sigmar Gabriel has called for substantial increases in Germany's education budget, saying that Germany "is not even up to the average" among industrialized nations.

Speaking at the SPD's state party conference in Saarland, Gabriel declared that the aim was to increase the education budget so that Germany had the biggest per capita spending of all developed nations.

To achieve this goal, Gabriel said, Germany had to spend €40 billion a year more on education, and that this could require the government to "increase taxes at the top, so we have the money for those at the bottom and for education."

The party leader also reiterated the call for a national minimum wage, saying that work needed to be worthwhile. Adapting a slogan used by Angela Merkel and other conservatives in the 2005 election campaign, Gabriel said, "Creating work is social, as long you can live on it."

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