Proposals to ban payments above €5,000 have been condemned in country where 79% of transactions are in cash.
A plan to introduce a limit on cash transactions in Germany has been met with fierce resistance across the country.
Proposals to ban cash payments of more than €5,000 (£3,860) to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism were revealed by the German finance ministry last week.
They face opposition from a broad alliance of political parties as well as the country’s bestselling newspaper.
The Bild published an open letter on Monday entitled ‘hands off our cash’ which in keeping with the analogue theme it encourages readers to sign – cut out and post to the finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble.
Political groups ranging from the Green party to the liberal Free Democrats to rightwing Alternative für Deutschland have condemned the proposed measures which also include a ban on €500 notes as an attack on data protection and privacy.
‘Cash allows us to remain anonymous during day-to-day transactions. In a constitutional democracy that is a freedom that has to be defended’ tweeted the Green MP Konstantin von Notz.