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Challengers in German election jointly demand 12-euro minimum wage

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The two candidates trying to unseat Germany’s governing conservatives in the September 26 election both demanded a minimum wage of 12 euros per hour in the last major debate ahead of the poll. Olaf Scholz of the centre-left SPD, which has the largest vote share in recent polls, and Annalena Baerbock of the Greens joined forces in their demand, while Armin Laschet of the conservative CDU argued against the move. “There are 10 million citizens who would benefit from a minimum wage of 12 euros because it would mean that they earn a little more,” Scholz said in the debate, which was broadcast live…

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