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Retirement age protests in Germany

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Thousands of metal workers have taken to the streets of Germany to protest at plans to raise the retirement age. They are furious at a government bid to change the pension system. It means people would have to work until the age of 67 to get a full state pension. Currently the German retirement age stands at 65.

Demonstrations to denounce the move were held across the country. The biggest rally took place in the southern city of Stuttgart. Unions see the plans as an attack on workers’ rights. The government believes reform is vital, faced with an ageing population. The controversial changes still need parliamentary approval. They would be gradually phased in between 2012 and 2029.