Germans have long been known for their love of notes and coins. Businesses, however, are slowly moving away from cash.

Younger people prefer to pay by app, and the European Central Bank is also contemplating a digital euro. The EU is pushing for limits on cash payments, local authorities are issuing debit cards to asylum-seekers and the ECB is already working to create a "digital euro" The right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is using the issue to gain votes.