In view of an inflation rate of around eight percent, the prime ministers are also calling for higher tax relief for pensioners. There was “great agreement” in the group of countries, said the chairman of the conference of prime ministers, North Rhine-Westphalia’s heads of government Hendrik Wüst (CDU), on Thursday after a meeting of the heads of the countries in Berlin.

When asked what he expected of the federal government, Wüst said he believes that the problem can only be solved if there is a willingness to talk about further tax measures. Proposals, for example for reducing electricity, energy and value added tax, are already on the table.