The majority of people in Germany for a basic pension with means test. The findings of a representative YouGov survey conducted on behalf of the editorial network Germany (RND/Thursday).

Thus, 52 percent of respondents plead in favour of such a model, 40 percent do not want a means test.

With the basic pension, with the great coalition of the elderly with minimal pensions will be better if you can at least have 35 years of contributions. Union and SPD are arguing about whether there should be a means test or not. Minister of labour, Hubertus Heil (SPD) argues for a basic pension without such a test. The CDU wants to a means test.

In the YouGov survey, however, is among the supporters of the SPD, the proportion of those who are for a means test, with a 56 percent higher than the average of the voters.


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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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