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Germany shows California the way

Adrian Moore
December 18, 2003, 7:28am

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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