Germans don't believe joblessness will decrease

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23 November 2005, HAMBURG - Germans do not believe the newly installed "grand coalition" government under Chancellor Angela Merkel will be able to reduce unemployment, according to a poll published by the magazine Stern Wednesday.

23 November 2005

HAMBURG - Germans do not believe the newly installed "grand coalition" government under Chancellor Angela Merkel will be able to reduce unemployment, according to a poll published by the magazine Stern Wednesday.

The survey by pollsters Forsa found that 79 per cent do not believe that unemployment, currently running at 11 per cent, will be reduced by much.

Only 17 per cent of the 1,002 people surveyed at the end of last week believe that the number of unemployed will come down.

Merkel has made reducing unemployment a high priority in interviews since being elected chancellor Tuesday, but she has steadfastly refused to commit herself to specific figures.

She heads a coalition that draws in both main parties, the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats.

DPA

Subject: German news

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