German Chancellor Angela Merkel came under intense criticism from a leading figure in one of Europe's biggest lobby groups, Dieter Kempf, the president of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

Before Merkel took the stage at an annual industry conference, Kempf said Germany's current coalition government had "gambled away" the trust of the business sector by not delivering on digitisation. He also accused the government of “piecemeal social policies” and “an unhealthy level of redistribu...

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