Elderly people should be encouraged to view the Pioneer of the pension with 67, Franz Müntefering, more Engagement and employment beyond the retirement age.

The pension with 67 defended the former SPD Minister of social Affairs of counter-criticism and counter-claims after prolonged use. Basically, the uniform retirement age but was a “cultural misunderstanding,” said the 79-Year-old the German press Agency in Berlin. “The people must not have the impression that you need them,” said Müntefering.

the Chairman of The Federal Association of senior citizens ‘ organizations urged to take responsibility of the people in the society beyond the age of retirement more – “be it 65 or 67”.

Nearly half of the people in the retirement age (46 percent) feel their way of life in this performance, the company has not sufficiently respected, as a survey of the Institute INSA on behalf of the “image”-newspaper. Every second pensioner is the pension policy of the Federal government is not satisfied. How to do it in the future with the pension, is currently the subject of deliberations of a pension Commission, the government plans to submit in March 2020 report. Minister of labour, Hubertus Heil (SPD) wants to introduce on this Basis, even in the current legislature, the first steps towards securing the availability of the pension.

in view of the demographic pressure on the pension is currently being debated again and again, to link the retirement age to an average longer life. So the Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU) had said on Monday on the “picture”Talk, “that if we live longer, we also need to be working longer”.

Müntefering argued: “the pension with 67, I would change at the Moment, nothing more.” Such claims could not be taken into account that people are different and different lengths of time could work. As a social Minister in the first Grand coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had brought the SPD politician, the increase in the retirement age on the way.

“For the pension to 67, I have received much criticism, even today, by some,” said Müntefering. “But it was, in my view, a correct and courageous step.” Because you had to see “the long haul” and, in the case of the pension of the different interests of the generations into account.


“fiction” beyond the real life circumstances of millions of people Müntefering considered but the uniform retirement age. “Before, there was the pension, there was no retirement age,” he said. “Since everyone had to contribute his part, for as long as he lived. He was in charge of the children, the potatoes peeled, weeds plucked, or the cattle and again brought in.” Today, I made the assumption that there is a certain day you should retire. “But the performance of the people is different, the loads due to the working conditions.” Realistically, a retirement phase, which takes into account this fair, by contrast, was “”.


in fact, the Federal citizens, in fact, later in retirement. As the third government report on raising the age limit on 67 years were 2017 at least 58 percent of the 60 – to 64-Year-olds in employment in the year 2000 there were only around 20 percent. With the Flexi pension under the last government, the people can go with 63 in pension and compensation payments discounts avoid. Pension consultants recorded brisk demand. But also Work longer to pay more.

Müntefering stressed, many were with more than 65 years, other volunteers, or in civic Engagement. Some have to earn additional money. “But most of them still want to make something, or make – and not abruptly stop.” Many were involved in the care or in the palliative care area. Also smaller Work for a lot of sense. All of this needed to be better supported.

Specifically, Müntefering called for more recognition of home care. “If anyone at home cares, and his profession at times for giving up, this should be better recognised as working time, for which you also get money and a higher pension entitlement,” he said. “Well it would be if you get something on the pension on top of that, if someone who is already in retirement, tending to his Partner or his partner.”


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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