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Germany’s government prevents crisis by reaching budget agreement for the largest economy in Europe

German Government Agrees on Budget for 2025 and Stimulus Package for Economy

The German government has finally reached a crucial agreement on the budget for 2025 and a stimulus package for the economy, bringing an end to a contentious dispute that threatened to disrupt Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition.

After intense negotiations, Scholz and leaders of the Free Democrats and Greens hammered out a deal in the early hours of Friday, marking a significant breakthrough. The details of the agreement, aimed at fueling the modernization of areas such as climate protection, infrastructure, and research, will be revealed in a news conference later today.

The budget plan includes repurposing 60 billion euros ($65 billion) in unused emergency funds from COVID-19 relief efforts to fund key initiatives. However, a recent ruling by the Constitutional Court deemed this move illegal, leading to a frantic search for cost-saving measures.

The internal disagreements within the coalition, particularly on issues like emergency borrowing for Ukraine and military strengthening, had threatened to divide the government and potentially trigger a snap election. The compromise reached today is seen as a crucial step in stabilizing the government and avoiding a political crisis.

The resolution of this budget impasse is not only a win for Chancellor Scholz and his coalition but also a positive development for Germany’s economic future. Stay tuned for more updates on this significant development.

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