Lack of money is not the prob­lem, she says

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL -

GER­MAN Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel said yes­ter­day that her gov­ern­ment had al­ready boosted in­vest­ment and that a lack of money was not the prob­lem, re­ject­ing crit­i­cism from her SPD chal­lenger that she was ne­glect­ing the coun­try’s in­fra­struc­ture.

“We cur­rently can­not spend the money that we have,” Merkel told ARD pub­lic broad­caster, point­ing to plan­ning and ca­pac­ity bot­tle­necks in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try as well as at the level of re­gional au­thor­i­ties.

Merkel said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment had al­ready put aside ad­di­tional money for more in­vest­ment on roads, digi­ti­sa­tion and ed­u­ca­tion in its mid-term bud­get plans. – Reuters

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