Berlin - The left in the Bundestag has called on the Union and the SPD to take decisive action against child poverty in Germany in the event of new grand coalition. The Bundestag member Sabine Zimmermann pointed out that the number of children at risk of poverty in the country has increased significantly in recent years.
In 2006, around 1.5 million children under the age of 16 were affected, it was ten years later 1.8 million. The highest value during this period was in 2010 with around two million. This is shown by data from the European Statistical Office on those affected with less than 60 percent of the median income.
Zimmermann called it shameful for one of the richest countries in the world that so many children are affected by financial problems. "Instead of being able to grow up carefree, they get to know hardships," said the deputy parliamentary group leader in Berlin.
A new federal government must present concept against child poverty. Social services should prevent poverty and enable social participation. Above all, the fight against low wages should be intensified, said Zimmermann. Because if you look closely, child poverty is about the poverty of the parents.