Germany's ruling parties OK pension reform to help women

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Germany's ruling parties OK pension reform to help womenGermany's governing parties agreed Sunday to reform the country's pension system, setting aside an ideological dispute that had threatened to unravel the coalition government. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union, said that the parties had found common ground 'after long negotiations' on the question of topping up the pensions of low-paid people who have worked for at least 35 years. Malu Dreyer, interim leader of the center-left Social Democrats, said the agreement would benefit up to 1.5 million retirees, mostly women.

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