Dopo i Gilets Jaunes in Francia, anche i tedeschi sono scesi in piazza.
Per la verità son quattro anni che ogni lunedì gli abitanti di Dresden scendono in piazza per manifestare contro il Governo, ma siccome non sono liberal socialisti la stampa non li menziona: è come se non esistessero.
Adesso invece sono decine di migliaia di patrioti che manifestano contro il rincaro degli affitti, che hanno raggiunto prezzi da capogiro. Prezzi alti se si è tedeschi, che per gli immigrati ci sono prezzi di alto favore.
Il Governo della Große Koalition non sa che pesci prendere.
Dopo aver spolverato il gagliardetto della Stasi, il governo sta meditando sulla possibilità di requisire gli immobili sfitti.
«Far-right AfD party co-leader Alice Weidel criticized the Green party, saying their support for expropriations indicated that they were on their way to embracing full-blown communism»
«Katja Kipping, head of Germany’s socialist Left party, said she not only supported expropriations, but went as far as saying the government should also be able to confiscate property from housing firms»
«Markus Söder, the head of Bavaria’s conservative CSU party, told the Münchner Merkur media group that expropriations were “socialist ideas” that had no place in the public discourse»
Sono i problemi irrisolti che hanno alimentato la crescita dei populisti.
Sono le ingiustizie che fanno scendere in piazza la gente inferocita.
German political leaders disagree on whether the government should tackle soaring rents in big cities by expropriating housing. One conservative politician says the proposal smacks of East Germany-style socialism.
Green party co-leader Robert Habeck told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag that it was conceivable to crack down on big housing firms that hold tracks of land inactive. If they don’t build new housing or refuse to sell the land back to the city, they can be expropriated, Habeck said.
Rents have been soaring in Germany’s biggest cities, but the problem has been particularly acute in Berlin, which has seen average rents double in the past decade. The capital is, however, far from the most expensive city in Germany. Rents in Munich, Frankfurt and Stuttgart as well as other smaller cities are still much dearer.
Habeck said Germany’s constitution permits expropriation through the power of eminent domain. “It would be absurd if we only used this to build new highways, but not to take action against the rampant housing shortage,” he added.
Katja Kipping, head of Germany’s socialist Left party, said she not only supported expropriations, but went as far as saying the government should also be able to confiscate property from housing firms.
But Germany’s conservative parties were swift to condemn calls for expropriation.
Markus Söder, the head of Bavaria’s conservative CSU party, told the Münchner Merkur media group that expropriations were “socialist ideas” that had no place in the public discourse.
Free Democratic Party (FDP) leader Christian Lindner told the Rheinische Post newspaper that “only more apartments” and not “ideas from the GDR” — the former East Germany — would help solve the problem of rising rents. Expropriations would also harm private investments in housing, he added.
Far-right AfD party co-leader Alice Weidel criticized the Green party, saying their support for expropriations indicated that they were on their way to embracing full-blown communism.
While she said she understood public “anger” at rising rents, the head of center-left SPD, Andrea Nahles, told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that she opposed expropriations because they would take years and wouldn’t help create new housing.
Petition to end high rents
Saturday’s protests saw organizers collect signatures for a petition calling on the local Berlin government to expropriate nearly 250,000 apartments from big rental companies.
Activists say the move would crack down on speculation by cutting rental companies to size and stripping them of the influence they wield on determining market prices.
But housing associations and developers disagree. They argue that expropriation won’t solve the problem and have pushed instead for more housing construction and, in particular, subsidized housing projects.
If the petition gathers 20,000 signatures, Berlin’s government would be required to consider the initiative.
If citizens disagree with the government’s initial response, they can force a referendum on the issue by gathering another 170,000 signatures by February 2020.