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Merkel gets pay rise of €4,000 a year
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Merkel gets pay rise of €4,000 a year

Published on: 07 May 2010 08:47 CET

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The DuMont group of newspapers reported that Merkel currently earns €15,833 a month, not including her MP’s salary. But based on figures worked out by the German Taxpayers Association (BdSt), that figure will rise by €334 from August onward.

Though it is the first government pay rise in eight years, BdSt chief Karl Heinz Däke was sharply critical of the hike.

Ministers currently earning €12,860 will get a rise of €272, taking them to €13,132 per month.

The parliamentary leader for the Greens, Volker Beck, called the rise “profoundly insensitive.”

BdSt chief Däke said: “In this serious budget situation, it is out of the question that the government should allow itself a pay rise.”

The pay rise comes as Germany faces an annual government deficit of about €80 billion a year. It also follows news that reduced tax receipts mean the country is also facing a budget black hole of €40 billion over the next three years.

An Interior Ministry spokesman defended the rise, saying that as a result of the pay freeze, cabinet members’ salaries had not kept pace with those of other officials.

DPA/The Local(news@thelocal.de)

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