Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Germania. Un grande problema è la miseria, adesso al 20%.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-11-10.

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Chiunque andasse in Germania ospite della locale confindustria, cenando poi nel ristorante del Rotary Club, avrebbe la netta percezione di un paese oltremodo ricco.

Similmente, chi passeggiasse per la Unter den Linden oppure per la Kurfürstendamm occhieggiando le vetrine delle gioiellerie, trarrebbe l’idea che la Germania sia un paese di nababbi.

Ma lo spartito cambia repentinamente da marcia trionfale a marcia funebre quando si andasse nelle periferie, nelle campagne o nelle zone minerarie, o simili posti di miserie e lacrime amare. Ma la vera Germania è proprio questa.

Germania. 860,000 homeless, ed adesso pagano le tasse.

Germany: 150 percent rise in number of homeless since 2014.

‘Massive’ rich-poor gap in German society

German poverty rising despite economic growth

Il fenomeno della povertà in Germania è diventato talmente severo da richiamare persino la attenzione del Financial Times:

Germania. Non è povera. È misera. – Financial Times

Germania. 13 milioni di poveri e 330,000 famiglie con la luce tagliata.

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Alternative für Deutschland è figlia della miseria, del degrado e dell’abbandono.

È figlia della teologia protestante, che considera gli esseri umani predestinati e la ricchezza materiale come segno tangibile del gradimento divino.

I sapienti tedeschi citano le statistiche, ma sono menzogneri nel riportarle in modo incompleto e partigiano.

Quando il termine ‘occupato‘ designa tutti coloro che hanno lavorato almeno una ora nel corso degli ultimi tre mesi si comprende facilmente come sia facile proclamare di aver raggiunto la piena occupazione.

I dati diventano immediatamente veritieri quando sono valori enumerativi sopra o sotto una certa quale soglia quantizzabile: per esempio, sopra o sotto i mille euro netti al mese. Ne risulta una musica dodecafonica.

Qualsiasi dato è menzognero se citato in modo improprio.

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«Unemployment is at a historic low in Germany, but millions of people aren’t earning enough to pay their bills or adequately heat their homes»

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«Almost one in five people in Germany was threatened by poverty or other forms of social exclusion in 2017»

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«Some 15.5 million people were at risk, which amounts to 19 percent of the population»

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«More people may be at work in Germany than ever before, but the results of the study suggest that many aren’t being paid enough to keep them above the poverty line»

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«The EU study defines people on the brink of poverty as those who earn less than 60 percent of Germany’s median national income, those who suffer severe material deprivation at home, or those who live in homes with very low labor force participation»

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«Some 16.1 percent of people were found to be threatened by poverty due to their low monthly income»

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«The income threshold for singles was €1,096 ($1,243) per month and €2,302 for households with two adults and two children younger than 14.»

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«According to new numbers from the federal government, one in five Germans has a “Mini-Job,” a name for a type of marginal employment in which pay €450 ($512) or less a month»

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«the number of people who are either underemployed or must take a Mini-Job on top of their regular employment to make ends meet is increasing at a significant rate»

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«At the end of March 2018, 7.6 million of the 32.7 million jobs in which social security contributions were being paid were classed as marginal employment»

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«On top of this, about 8.5 percent of full-time employees in Germany also have a Mini-Job — or about 2.8 million people, which is 1 million more than ten years ago»

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«In the past six years, the number of marginally employed pensioners has risen by 27 percent.»

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«The often well-educated marginally employed cannot live off this wage and are dependent on government support»

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Una amara considerazione finale.

Stato federale e Länder spendono globalmente per mantenere i migranti clandestini illegali il doppio di quanto stanziano a favore dei tedeschi in miseria.

Ma quanti rilevassero questa discrepanza di trattamento immediatamente sarebbero bollati come xenofobi, razzisti e nazisti.

Poi non ci si stupisca di come sia caduta Frau Merkel.

Nota.

Si sarebbe davvero curiosi di vedere come i Grüne intendano concicliare una politica che riduca la povertà con tutte le iniziative ecologiste che stanno loro a cuore.


Deutsche Welle. 2018-11-04. Germany: Poverty threatens almost 20 percent of population

Unemployment is at a historic low in Germany, but millions of people aren’t earning enough to pay their bills or adequately heat their homes. The latest EU figures show poverty poses a greater risk to women.

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Almost one in five people in Germany was threatened by poverty or other forms of social exclusion in 2017, Germany’s Federal Statistics Office reported on Wednesday, citing data from a European Union study.

Some 15.5 million people were at risk, which amounts to 19 percent of the population, the study found.

The figure is down slightly from the previous year, which found that 19.7 percent were threatened by poverty. Women across all age groups were found to be particularly at risk compared to men.

Germany’s results are still lower than the EU average, which was 22.5 percent. The figures are particularly concerning as Germany has some of the lowest food and energy costs in the bloc and is experiencing a historically low unemployment rate.

Struggling to make ends meet

More people may be at work in Germany than ever before, but the results of the study suggest that many aren’t being paid enough to keep them above the poverty line.

The EU study defines people on the brink of poverty as those who earn less than 60 percent of Germany’s median national income, those who suffer severe material deprivation at home, or those who live in homes with very low labor force participation.

Some 16.1 percent of people were found to be threatened by poverty due to their low monthly income. The income threshold for singles was €1,096 ($1,243) per month and €2,302 for households with two adults and two children younger than 14.

Another 3.4 percent of the population met the EU standard for severe material deprivation at home, meaning they struggled to pay their rent on time, heat their homes adequately, were not able to regularly eat a substantial meal, or spent vacation time at home because it was financially unfeasible to go somewhere else.

The number of people younger than 60 living in households with low labor force participation was 8.7 percent in 2017, dropping slightly from the previous year.

Verena Bentele, the president of the social welfare association VdK Germany, said the results of the EU study were “scandalous,” particularly in light of the country’s current “economic boom.”

She urged for a new, comprehensive plan to combat poverty in Germany.

“That should include fair educational opportunities as well as a new strategy for labor market policy,” Bentele said in a statement.


Deutsche Welle. 2018-11-04. One in five working Germans is marginally employed

Each year, tens of thousands more Germans are underemployed or have to take a second part-time job to make ends meet. Opposition politicians fear the state is subsidizing greedy employers.

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According to new numbers from the federal government, one in five Germans has a “Mini-Job,” a name for a type of marginal employment in which pay €450 ($512) or less a month.

The numbers from the Federal Employment Agency after a parliamentary request from the Left party show that the number of Germans precariously employed in this fashion have increased by at least 50,000 in a single year.

Germany likes to tout its low unemployment rate, but the number of people who are either underemployed or must take a Mini-Job on top of their regular employment to make ends meet is increasing at a significant rate.

In addition, a new report released on Wednesday found that poverty threatens 20 percent of Germany’s population as the cost of living skyrockets without a commensurate growth in wages.

The Rheinische Post newspaper reported that, despite the introduction of a minimum wage in Germany in 2015, employers have continued to take advantage of the fact that no taxes have to be paid on wages €450 or under.

At the end of March 2018, 7.6 million of the 32.7 million jobs in which social security contributions were being paid were classed as marginal employment. That represents a 35 percent increase in the proportion of jobs that were classed as marginal 15 years ago.

On top of this, about 8.5 percent of full-time employees in Germany also have a Mini-Job — or about 2.8 million people, which is 1 million more than ten years ago.

‘Regular jobs are being replaced’

Marginal employment is especially prevalent amongst retirees who find their pension barely covering their expenses. In the past six years, the number of marginally employed pensioners has risen by 27 percent.

“The number of Mini-Jobs is growing and regular jobs are being replaced,” said Left party politician Susanne Ferschl. “The often well-educated marginally employed cannot live off this wage and are dependent on government support. So the state is subsidizing companies that save on wages through mini jobs.”

Currently, the minimum wage in Germany is 8.84 euros an hour and is set to increase to 9.35 in 2020. However, the Social Democrat (SPD) Labor Minister Hubertus Heil has expressed his desire to see a 12-euro minimum wage sooner rather than later.

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