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

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 4:51 AM

BERLIN (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 emphasize that Germany needed to stick to its course of growth-friendly investment and budget consolidation.

(Reporting by Gernot Heller; Writing by Michelle Martin)