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Germany (from The Economist, 2/11/06)

March 22, 2016 | Author: | Posted in history, holocaust studies

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1 . Throughout the past years Germans ‘ self-esteem has been hurt badly because of the rapid slide from the top of the economic and social league . Nevertheless , the statistic shows that before the last September ‘s election Germans began to buy books that made them feel better about their nation . After the last elections the nation ‘s mood has improved , and the specialist say that nowadays Germans are more willing to accept changes . In the same time the political situation has also became more favorable for performing reforms . The existing coalition [banner_entry_middle]

allows the politicians to perform some real changes in the life of the country

Throughout the past decades the political situation in Germany was stable , and the level of life there was high . German government worked perfectly in the epoch when the technological progress was relatively slow , and when the high-quality technological products were in demand Nevertheless , German federal structure prevented normal functioning of the political machine , as the Lander has accumulated to many veto rights , which made any reforms almost impossible . After the unification in 1990 it became even harder to introduce any reform , as lots of money (a integration successful

In the past decades all the politicians who became leaders in Germany got acquainted with this fact . Helmut Kohl tried to introduce some reforms from the mid-1990s , but it turned out to be fruitless , as Social Democrats , which controlled the Bundesrat at that time , blocked them When Gerhard Schroder , Kohl ‘s successor , found out that tactics was ineffective , he set up commissions to draw up reform proposals , and pushed them through as his “Agenda 2010 . Some changes were performed but those were mostly short-term fiscal repairs mixed with political compromise

Angela Merkel , the new German leader , has a lot of problems to solve in educational and health spheres , and reforming federal structure . She has her specific tactics , and nowadays she prefers small steps ‘ in politics . Time will show , whether her strategy will be successful

2 . Angela Merkel states that her mission is putting Germany back among the “first three ” of Europe ‘s top nations within ten years , but she has yet to explain what does she mean . If things went well , the repeat of the survey in 2015 should show that there were positive changes in the educational sphere , the level of unemployment has become bearable , that basic service jobs become better paid , and that the creative potential of the nation has been increased

Alas , there are people who don ‘t believe Ms Merkel will succeed . The opinion exists that German government is too exhausted ‘ to make any real difference in the political and social situation in the country And , in fact , to achieve the goals Ms Merkel put , German government has to increase investment in educational sphere , integrate immigrants balance the budget , reduce debts and cut payroll and corporate taxes Considering the fact that the economical situation in Germany is not very favorable , most of those tasks are impossible to perform nowadays

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