Surprise, The German Greens Are Marching With Business

For years, German fund managers have lobbied passionately for tax breaks to encourage Germans to invest more of their retirement savings into stocks--a move that could pump up to $10 billion into the country's capital markets. But it seemed a lost cause. The supposedly business-friendly Christian Democrats feared such a move would offend cautious retirees. And the labor-oriented Social Democrats looked upon financial markets with suspicion.

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