At coalition talks in Berlin, Germany's main political parties have agreed to push for a eurozone-wide financial transaction tax. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats in discussions to form a grand coalition government.
Debit cards and credit transfers are increasing globally, largely due to growth in emerging markets, according to the 2017 World Payments Report. While check use continues to decline, cash remains in the mainstream.
Germany's socialist Left party is the biggest of the "small parties" represented in the Bundestag - but the least likely to be part of a governing coalition. So what are the others so afraid of?
Germany is home to some 21 million retirees. About 16 percent of them face the threat of poverty - and their numbers are rising. Proposed solutions range from handing out a few extra euros to full-scale revolution.
German homeowners who install energy-saving insulation are to be granted tax concessions, according to a FAZ news report. The reforms would likely come after September's federal election.
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