World looks to German crisis response ideas

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By Jon Hay, Lewis McLellan
24 Mar 2020

The UK government’s offer on Friday to pay 80% of the wages of furloughed workers came in the nick of time to save thousands of jobs in manufacturing and services. But few of those affected realised they were benefiting from a German idea. The move highlights how the coronavirus crisis is causing a rapid dissemination of techniques around the world.

France and Spain are now introducing similar schemes, while the US has raised unemployment benefits.

Make UK, the trade body for manufacturers, has been trying to support members and channel their views to government as the pandemic has pushed an already cyclically weak sector to the brink of ...

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