Employer President Rainer Dulger sharply criticized the pension package II planned by the federal government. He was “surprised that the Federal Labor Minister now wants to massively increase pension spending again, even though we are facing the largest increase in aging that has ever occurred in Germany,” Dulger told “Bild am Sonntag.”

Dulger further criticizes that Pension Package II would be the “most expensive social law of the century” and demands: “Pension Package II should be suspended immediately. “It is unfair to spend 500 billion euros more on pensions over the next 20 years.”

Context: In the bill on the “Law on stabilization of the level of pensions and generational capital”, the federal government expects pension spending of 802 billion euros in 2045.

Head of pension insurance: “Pension insurance is very well positioned financially”

Gundula Roßbach (60), president of the German Pension Insurance, is not worried about the evolution of pension costs. “The pension insurance is currently in a very good financial situation,” she told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

Society has aged not only today, but for decades. “Until now we have managed to keep the contribution rate stable, contrary to all forecasts.”

There are more women working; costs will continue to have to increase

According to Roßbach, German old-age spending (measured in terms of economic output) remains below the EU average, in recent years mainly due to the increase in female employment.

For Roßbach, a stable labor market and the immigration of additional workers are central elements to make statutory pensions crisis-proof for future generations.

And he adds: “To continue offering people a secure pension, in the coming years they will have to increase the contribution rate and also the federal subsidy for pension insurance.”

72 percent of Germans believe their pension is not secure

According to a representative survey by the opinion research institute Insa for “Bild am Sonntag”, 72 percent do not believe that pensions in Germany are secure (21 percent think they are).

At the same time, 75 percent believe that pensions in Germany are too low (too high: 5 percent; adequate: 16 percent), and 52 percent believe that the retirement age should be lowered (raised: 8 percent percent; maintained at 67 years: 34 percent). 84 percent would like civil servants, self-employed workers and politicians to also have to contribute to pension insurance.

“Financing a higher level of pensions is not a miracle”

VdK President Verena Bentele believes that the level of pensions could even be increased with some adjustments. “Financing a higher pension level is not a miracle,” VdK President Verena Bentele (42) tells the newspaper “Bild am Sonntag.”

Demand higher salaries so that taxpayers can contribute more to the pension fund. Good daycare and care so that more women work full time. The transfer of civil servants, politicians and self-employed workers to pension insurance. And an increase in the contribution assessment limit so that the rich are asked to contribute more to the (pension) fund. “Then we will be able to finance not only a pension level of 48 percent, but even 53 percent,” says Bentele.