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Germany shows California the way

German lawmakers passed an $18.6 billion tax cut yesterday.

The tax cut is a key element of Schroeder's economic reform agenda, which also includes an easing of job protection rules and changes to increase pressure on long-term jobless to take work.

Schroeder said the changes would make Germany a more attractive place to invest and quiet talk of "the German disease" - code for Germany's inability to trim the expensive welfare-state programs and lower taxes and labor costs.

Adrian Moore is Vice President, Policy

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