May 2, 2018 / 11:06 AM / 2 months ago

CORRECTED-German cabinet approves budget with no net new debt to 2022

(Corrects headline to 2022, not 2020)

BERLIN, May 2 (Reuters) - Germany’s cabinet on Wednesday approved budget plans that foresee the federal government taking on no net new debt through to 2022 and investment rising this year and next before falling.

“I am convinced: in good economic times, a responsible fiscal policy must achieve both a reduction in debts and a rise in investments,” Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said in a statement.

Investment would rise from 34.0 billion euros ($40.81 billion) last year to 37.0 billion this year and 37.9 billion in 2019, before decreasing to 33.5 billion in 2022, Finance Ministry fiscal plans approved by the cabinet showed.

$1 = 0.8331 euros Writing by Paul Carrel Editing by Madeline Chambers

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