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German coalition agrees upon measures to stabilize pensions

BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s governing coalition partners say they’ve agreed on social policy measures that aim to stabilize pensions and increase residents’ purchasing power.

Labor Minister Hubertus Heil told ZDF television Wednesday that the measures agreed upon late Tuesday would bring “stability and security” for retirees by keeping pensions at 48 percent of a retiree’s average working salary until 2025.

Other measures include reducing employees’ contributions to unemployment insurance by 0.5 percentage points to 2.5 percent of an employee’s salary.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks after she arrives for the annual ‘Summer Interview’ with the German public broadcasting service ARD in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 26. 2018. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats, had hoped to stabilize pensions until 2040, but Heil said he was satisfied with the compromise, telling ZDF “we have agreed upon what is currently possible.”

Merkel’s Cabinet is to approve the measures later Wednesday and then they’ll be taken to parliament.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses for media after she arrives for the annual 'Summer Interview' with the German public broadcasting service ARD in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 26. 2018. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses for media after she arrives for the annual ‘Summer Interview’ with the German public broadcasting service ARD in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 26. 2018. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, is surround by visitors as she attends Germany's government yearly open house event at the chancellery in Berlin, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, is surround by visitors as she attends Germany’s government yearly open house event at the chancellery in Berlin, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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