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While the debate on parental allowance and child benefit has some cheering that high-income couples may have to give up their benefits in the future – others are concerned about gender equality. In a SPIEGEL guest article, Christian Böllhoff comments: Both positions overlook what really needs to happen. Germany is in the middle of a profound transformation process. The consequences of changes stemming from demography, digitalisation, decarbonisation, and deglobalisation affect everyone.

According to Böllhoff, given this context, family policy is an area of domestic affairs with powerful potential – providing it is applied in a way that has long-term vision and is oriented toward social and economic policy goals.

Read the complete guest article in German by Christian Böllhoff at (S+)

Last update: 6.7.2023

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