The head of the commission representing Catholic bishops from the European Union has criticised plans for a minimum wage in his native Germany and warned that a tax on wealth would resemble a "class struggle".
"Any regulation of earnings poses problems for a free society and
should be considered only as a last resort," said Cardinal Reinhard Marx
of Munich-Freising, president of the Brussels-based COMECE, which helps
to define the Church's stance on economic and social issues in Europe.
"Minimum pay means a capitulation by the social market economy, in
which the sides of a collective contract take responsibility for
determining appropriate remuneration."
The centre-right Government of Chancellor Angela Merkel in April
announced plans for an "adjustable and differentiated" minimum hourly
rate of €7.79 (£6.26) in Germany's western states.