Germany’s Greens Party Proposes Minimum Wage Increase to 12 Euros

The Greens have called for increased action towards social and climate-friendly reforms during their party conference. The Greens are a potential partner for the next government coalition in Germany, and the economic proposals by the party are under close scrutiny.

At the end of the party conference at Bielefeld, the Greens agreed that increasing the minimum wage in Germany was among the top policy priorities in terms of the economy for the party. According to the discussions, Germany’s minimum wage is to be increased from the current level of 9.19 euros per hour to 12 euros per hour.

The Greens have also called for reductions of restriction to federal spending, with the objective of allowing the government to invest in infrastructure and education. Annalena Baerbock, the co-leader for the Greens spoke about developments: “We need more European engagement with the many proposals for EU investment into the future. Germany has been reluctant to do so.”

Greens Also Push for Climate Protection Policies

The Greens have been under increased scrutiny, as the party has been pushing to move beyond its environment policies, but has also shown interest in improving on economic proposals, in an effort to promote the party as a good coalition partner for the government of Germany.

In addition to discussing economic goals, the Greens also elaborated on climate protection policies, increasing the push to phase out coal by 2030. The party has also pushed to shut down one fourth of all lignite and one third of all black coal power stations in 3 years’ time.

By 2030, the Greens also want to ban new cars manufactured with internal combustion engines, and have pushed for new permits to be given to emission free vehicles. Co-leaders Robert Habeck and Baerbock have been voted back to power by party members.

It will be interesting to see how centrists parties from around the country will react to the left-leaning approach of the Greens, even as Green leaders have not ruled out working with parties out of the left. Baerbock stated: “We must create broader alliances, not only with those who think like us, but also with those who challenge us.”