The captains of German industries are unconvinced by the government’s refugee policy. They see a lot of potential in the numbers of people entering the labor market but warn that language skills and qualifications cannot be bypassed.
The European Parliament rejected plans for a "robot tax" back in February, but plenty of people remain in favor. Could the taxation of automation become part of our future? Arthur Sullivan reports.
The most recent tax estimate provided by German economists has signaled that both the federal government and the 16 states can look forward to higher tax income. But the windfall is not evenly distributed.
Berlin reportedly plans to cut funding for its "one-euro job" employment scheme for refugees. The Institute for Labor Market estimates meanwhile that 50 percent of refugees will be employed within five years of arrival.
Concerns among German industrialists over market barriers, discrimination, lacking protection for intellectual property and price dumping in China are growing, BDI President Ulrich Grillo says in an interview.
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