Paying for German Reunification Court Rules 'Solidarity' Tax Is Unconstitutional

A regional German court has taken a decision that could cost the government billions of euros. It has ruled that the "solidarity" income tax surcharge introduced in 1991 to help rebuild eastern Germany is unconstitutional. The matter will now go before Germany's top court.
An old placard hailing the government's eastern regeneration program, financed with the help of a tax surcharge that a court now says may be unconstitutional.

An old placard hailing the government's eastern regeneration program, financed with the help of a tax surcharge that a court now says may be unconstitutional.

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