12 March 2007
The German Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, has voted
to raise the retirement age from 65 to 67.
Germany has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe, and on
current trends the population aged over 65 will almost double to
30% by 2035.
The plan means that anyone born in 1964 or later will have to
wait until they are 67 to collect a state pension.
It is expected to be approved by the upper house, the Bundesrat.
It will be phased in gradually from 2012 to 2029.