The opposition-controlled German upper house of parliament moved on Friday to flex its new-found muscles when it
agreed to a series of measures, despite strong criticism from within
the ranks of Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition.
The Bundesrat signed a resolution to bring a nation-wide minimum wage of 8.50 euros (11.04 dollars) an hour, according to dpa.
The passage of the measure reflects a shift in the balance of
power in the Bundesrat, which represents Germany's 16 states, and
increases pressure on Merkel as she gears up for the nation's
September general election.
The opposition is now in control of the Bundesrat for the first time since
This strength of opposition in the Bundesrat means the chamber is
now a key political battleground.