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Is Germany Becoming the New Sick Man of Europe ?

Good piece on the Spectator Coffee House site.

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  1. October 12, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Germany is a beautiful country and there are many good people here. More and more people are groaning under the weight of Germany’s decline. I have an aunt with a 13-year-old son to support. She is limited to earning 450 euro a month and relies on benefit for the rest. Why? Despite being a certified geriatrics nurse, old age homes will only hire people for a maximum wage of 450 euro a month. They are not obliged to pay benefits such as healthcare or pension contributions that way. Her older son is a master cabinet maker and joiner who’s given up on working in Germany. Be commuting for an additional hour to the Grand Duchy, he will earn a far better wage with better benefits and working conditions. I can’t be arsed to do much in Germany save live on the wages of my assistantship and plan holidays in the UK and Scandinavia. I’ve accepted an offer to go back to China because the offers I receive here are for a third of what I’d earn in China and don’t include any of the benefits.

  2. O Zangado
    October 13, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Thanks for the link. Some interesting pieces in there.

    OZ

  3. sheona
    October 13, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks for another very interesting link, jazz. Is it Schäuble’s fanatical determination to keep Germany in the black that is contributing to the problems? Of course with all the unemployables pouring in clutching their begging bowls, that can’t help either. Merkel really blew it there, announcing that the Dublin rules would be set aside and every Tom, Dick and Ahmed would be welcomed to Germany. Now she’s trying to revert to Dublin again, which really helps Greece and Italy, as well as getting backs up elsewhere by trying to insist that other EU member states should help her deal with her invited guests. And let’s not mention the terrorists … Perhaps Germany does need a strong hand on the tiller, but if Schulz were to become chancellor Germany would be on its death bed.

  4. October 13, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Sheona: The answer to both is “yes” and “yes”. In order to prove that Germany possess greater fiscal rectitude an amendment was added to the Grundgesetz requiring a balanced budget. In order to accomplish this, German bureaucracy was restructured. In the past, German bureaucrats were pedantic but they were extremely well-trained and professional. In short, like a fine-tuned piece of German machinery it was complex but efficient and reliable. In the past years, this has changed. Bureaucracy has gone the way of Deutsche Bundespost and Deutsche Bundesbahn; run on the cheap and bordering on being a national disgrace. German infrastructure has similarly been neglected in order to “save money”. Of course, the former DDR continues to be modernised and Berlin is a black hole of wasteful spending and largesse. The former West Germany, however, continues to crumble. I’m planning on defecting to Britain in 2018 after a year in Asia.

  5. October 13, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    PS: The billions spent on Merkel’s “Refugees” has to be cut from the budget. This has caused even more severe financing difficulties. There’s a growing realisation in Germany that in time virtually all social programmes will be cut to the bone.

  6. sheona
    October 13, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Christopher, does the report I read about Schulz possibly becoming the SPD’s candidate for chancellor have any truth to it?

  7. October 14, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Sheona: There is some talk, but the chances are that Sigmar Gabriel or Heiko Maas will lead the SPD into the next election.Schultz is seen as being part of the hated establishment. There is almost no chance of the SPD leading the next government. They’re far behind the CDU. The CDU could well receive under 30pc of the vote, but the SPD could receive under 20pc. In that case, the chances are that Germany will have either another — much weakened — “Grand Coalition” or a CDU/SPD/FDP coalition.

  8. O Zangado
    October 15, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Christopher – Your comment about pressure on the German budget and social programmes had me thinking. I have a nasty suspicion that ‘Mutti’ is planning to sift out all the grain from the migrant harvest and give them German citizenship so they can work productively in Germany. However she will also be giving German passports to all the chaff and sending them on their way. For most, the destination will be the UK, provider of arguably the the most lax, liberal and therefore generous of benefit regimes anywhere in the western world.

    This is why the Insel Affen voted to leave the mad circus in order to regain control of our own borders. It is also why, I suspect, continental politicians are banging on so loudly about no trade with the UK without free movement to the UK of anybody with EU ‘citizenship’. The easiest thing in the UK is to obtain a National Insurance number, so much so that some Nigerians were jailed earlier this year for a scam in which they flew migrants from Italy to London, drove them to the nearest Social Security centre, got them a NI number, gave them a couple of hundred Euros and flew them straight back to Italy the same day. The initial effort and financial outlay must have been considerable, so just think just how much exponentially were the rewards for the fraudsters and cost to the British taxpayer.

    When I take power, getting a British NI number will be harder than, for example, obtaining benefits in Portugal and not even the Portuguese for the most part can achieve that exalted state of grace of receiving a flat €270 per month with which to feed, clothe and house themselves.

    OZ

  9. October 15, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Oz: Germany is hardly generous when it comes to granting its citizenship. It’s still fundamentally conferred via parentage. “Refugees” will have to have lived in Germany for six years to qualify to apply. Due to the rapidly changing political situation, Germany is unlikely to be willing to maintain its even heavily reduced support for “refugees” and is getting better and better at simply saying “no” to ruffians by forcing all those not from actual war zones to carry the burden of proof. Much like Sweden, they will be driven away quietly. More and more are eager to leave Germany and just go home because the cold weather and inflexible, unforgiving bureaucracy is driving them to despair. As I’ve said, I’m hell-bent on defecting to the UK in Spring 2018 as I’m still likely to de facto qualify for continued right of abode so long as I don’t dither!

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