November 29, 2017 / 9:52 AM / 8 months ago

Merkel says must stick to growth-friendly investment and budget consolidation

BERLIN, Nov 29 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, currently trying to form a new coalition government after September’s election, said on Wednesday Germany needed to keep non-wage costs below 40 percent and stressed the importance of budget consolidation.

Speaking in a video message played at an employers’ conference in Berlin, Merkel said it “remains important to keep non-wage costs under the 40 percent mark”.

Merkel, who is expected to start coalition talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) after attempts to form an awkward three-way alliance with the liberals and Greens failed, said that during the upcoming talks with the SPD she would emphasise that Germany needed to stick to its course of growth-friendly investment and budget consolidation. (Reporting by Gernot Heller; Writing by Michelle Martin)

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