World Bulletin / News Desk
German Chancellor Angela Merkel unveiled an ambitious plan to achieve full employment as part of her hotly favoured bid to win a fourth term in September elections, hitting back at criticism she was simply content to rest on her laurels.
The clear front-runner in the race for the September 24 poll, Merkel said the signature pledge for her conservative Christian Democrats and their Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union, would be to slash the jobless rate by 2025 to three percent -- defined by economists as full employment -- from about 5.5 percent today.
"This is a government programme that will bring the country together and not divide it," she told reporters.
"Our programme for Germany is prosperity and security for all," she said, noting that when she became chancellor in 2005, five million Germans were out of work -- more than 10 percent of the labour force.
The sister parties adopted the slogan "For a Germany in which we live well and happily", transforming the initial letters of the German phrase into a playful, if unpronounceable, Twitter hashtag: #fedidwgugl.
If Merkel completes another four-year term she would match the record set by her late mentor Helmut Kohl, the father of German unity, at whose funeral she spoke at the weekend.Last Mod: 03 Temmuz 2017, 17:15