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Only one month to go

The parliamentary elections for the German Bundestag in 2013 – no election has ever been as important as this one. The euro is under fire because the currency is becoming softer and softer. The government is messing about with multibillion guarantees and liabilities, which will be necessary if the European banks that are not yet closed must close. The European political union still suffers from the old wound: the impossible synchronisation of monetary systems, which also the euro could not overcome. Europe has reached the edges of its existing contracts, and also at the end of its patience with respect to the faults of politics. In Germany, the situation is dramatic too. Here, all is about saving face. The face of the government is Angela Merkel who is currently riding into her last battle.

The Bundestag has virtually given up its right to decide about the federal budget. Germany is ruled by Europe, and the European Central Bank (ECB) makes the rules. The representation of the people by the parliament does no longer exist. We are in a crisis that threatens to wipe out the representation of the people and democracy. And in the middle of it all there is Angela Merkel fuelling the crisis. She wants to put more money, i.e. loans for loans, into the indebted German state. Thus, the debt of a state budget that is already burdened with 12 000 billion (stemming from 2 000 billion explicit and 10 000 billion implicit state debt) will still increase.

The people should vote for Angela, because she's the one who is making promises. The existing debt of the state are still driven higher by so-called election gifts. The euro is irretrievably lost.

Although all of these facts are likely to be known even by the CDU / CSU, the parties performed their 2013 election manifesto under the slogan: "Growth needs vision and a stable euro" and printed it on their posters.

The accompanying government programme that has been adopted on 23 June under the title "Together successfully for Germany – government programme 2013 - 2017" states: "Our goal is clear: Germany is to remain a strong and prosperous country with a stable euro, safe and sustainable jobs – a country of cohesion. Germany is one of the strongest countries in the world. If you look around in Europe, you will see: This good performance cannot be taken for granted."

The programme affirms social market economy, the middle class, wants to create a "responsible fiscal policy", "strict rules for the financial markets" and "sustainable growth" and also states: "Our joint efforts have developed much to the better. Europe and the euro are progressing. This also makes our country stronger – never before had so many people in Germany a job as today. This shows that the right policy of the CDU and CSU is good for everybody. To set the course for the future correctly and also to ensure future prosperity, we need a sustainable economy that secures the livelihoods and life chances of future generations."

Properly read, the programme is a catalogue of lies. You will find classics as the performance lie that belongs to tax policy (CDU: "Performance should be rewarded"). They also dream of growth again – a sheer dream, because growth is no longer possible. It's long gone. The nice thing of the dreamed-of growth: In fact, the gross domestic product (GDP) increases nominally at a constant percentage. This is, however, not an achievement of any government or party, but a very simple calculation: If the GDP increases, so will the debt. The bad thing: The higher the dreamed-of growth used for the calculation has been, the higher is also the percentage of debt. And on top of this there is still a debt rate resulting from the dreamed-of annual growth rate. This is attributable to governments' policies. In the short term, the economy is cranked up; in the long term, the debt keeps piling up. How wealth should be secured in this way remains questionable.

A fact is: Germany delays insolvency. And Angela Merkel has not kept any of her former campaign promises. The government promised



Shortly after her birthday and shortly before her summer holiday, Merkel took stock. On the federal press conference, she said: "There's no issue about which I could say: We have not made anything about it." And she continued that the euro crisis is approaching its end; Germany's economy is doing well; and the people in the flooded areas of Germany are being supported. She finds her job still "very rewarding." It is a "very nice, inspiring work."

The facts suggest the contrary: The figures of Germany's state budget mean that we are broke. The budget is kept afloat because payments as liabilities and guarantees are not listed in the household, even though they are to be paid by the taxpayer, which affects the deficit limits of the debt brake, but is not indicative of a balanced budget as promised by Finance Minister Schäuble for 2015. Merkel has therefore hardly secured the finances. The tax relief of 24 billion euros, about which Merkel has always been talking, never occurred. The tax agreement with Switzerland, the reasonable reform of the income tax and trade tax, the reorganization of funds for municipalities have all failed. The regulation of financial markets failed – and so did the reform of financial market supervision. In addition, the Merkel government stood up against state liability for banking crises, but failed to create an effective liquidation authority for banks.

And also the government's plan for an education republic failed. Disoriented education policy creates no new momentum for education. Students and professors suffer from lack of money; scholarship programmes that were meant to help students from less privileged families show a poor performance: out of a targeted total of 160,000 scholarships only 11,000 exist to date. Also the allocation of university places should be improved, but reorganisation did not occur. Instead, financial means for initial training, advanced training, tax incentives for research and development were all cut.

Energy supply in Germany remained unchanged. That's no surprise for anyone, but it is surprising that a project of the red-green coalition that began on 13 January 1999 with the draft of a Nuclear Energy Act, has now been completed by the black-yellow coalition. The draft of the social democratic-green coalition suggested a well-organised and safe exit from nuclear energy. The energy companies are against this resolution, and during the time between 2002 and 2009 they hardly move in any direction – and so did the social democrats of the SPD, who as part of the grand coalition at least prevent the withdrawal of the law that is in force since 27 April 2002 by their mere presence in the government. After Chancellor Merkel took over government business together with the liberals of the FDP in 2005, it was not before 7 June 2010 that they decided that nuclear energy companies shall pay a tax on fuel elements – regardless of any lifetime extensions. This tax should bring the federal government 2.3 billion euros in annual revenues from 2011 onwards. The companies threaten to take legal action against this decision.

At a summit on 5 September 2010, the coalition agreed on lifetime extensions with an average duration of 12 years – the companies were supposed to pay about 30 billion euros via the nuclear tax and a so-called green energy fund. First, this programme seems to offer a solution that helps, on the one hand, the state and, on the other hand, protects electricity rate payers from having to pay the costs of green energy entirely alone. A few days later, however, a contract between the government and nuclear companies becomes publicly known, in which the companies were granted safeguard clauses. These clauses provide that the cost of security upgrades is limited to 500 million euros in each case. In case of higher costs, payments to the green energy fund should be reduced. The same applies if the lifetimes or nuclear power plants should be reduced. So the Bundestag on 28 October 2010 decides in favour of the longer lifetimes.

When on 11 March 2011 – after a severe earthquake and a tsunami – a number of serious accidents in the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi become known, the government change their mind and announce safety audits for 17 German nuclear power plants; as a result, seven German reactors are decommissioned. They were all built before 1980. After this, Merkel announces the phasing out of nuclear power. It should be completed by 2022 – at the beginning of 2011, several major German energy companies announce that they stop payments into the green energy development fund, as these are linked to the granted lifetime extension. They also demand an end of the nuclear tax, which was meant to contribute 14 billion to the budget by 2016. Now it also became clear that the nuclear phase-out was a done deal, but the cost for the development of renewable energies would not be borne by the energy companies. Therefore, the Merkel government has not decided in favour of the citizen, but once more alone in the interests of the corporations.

Even the health care sector – that Angela Merkel and her companions expressly wanted to preserve – is now rather suffering than healed. In this field, Merkel can submit one single result: the law on health care, which must be ratified by the Federal Council two days before the elections to be valid at all. Since the SPD and the Greens do not really agree with this law, the health care issue might well be put on hold. Similarly, the "new, differentiated dependency on care", once promised by CDU / CSU / FDP, will be put on hold. So far, there are at least suggestions of an expert group – a reform is, however, not in sight.



There are certainly more issues to be included in the above list. But there is one thing, we are absolutely sure about: it's the fact that the promises of the current Chancellor are worth as little as those of the same future Chancellor.
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The IMF
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Year-End Selection of Texts
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IMF Crisis Management a Failure
Deployment of the Bundeswehr in Germany
Crucial Test with International Implications
Ever Closer?
On the 2016 German State Elections
Revealed: Colossal Public Fraud in Germany and Europe
Nettlesome Politics
The Press
As We Begin 2016
Legal Action
Clever Shifting Tactics
New Charges in an Ongoing Saga
Evil under the Sun – The G20
Political Paradox
Game over for Merkel
The Greeks are making history
Clash of the Titans
Elmau
FIFA Roulette
The Beast Roars
The Silver Lining
Pulling in Opposite Directions
The Deafening Silence
Texts on the liquidation of the euro
Wasting Time
New Rules, Same Impetus
Call in the Army
Politicians Run from Themselves
Tax Policy Loopholes
Europa without the Euro
Alternative to the Euro
Hellas
Easter 2015
Deflation
Tidying Up
Insolvency Statute
Heiner Geißler
Germany Corrupt No More
India’s GDP growth
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Unbridled Power
Heaven on Earth
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World Tax Authority
Demonstrations in front of the ECB
Promises and Trust
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The Balanced Budget Lie
The Wimpy Currency
Acid Test
Two Very Different Issues
Who is Ruling the World?
More Clandestine Employees
The Recession Principle
Is This Really Better?
Kohl and Merkel
Debt Brake Debate
Reforms
Merkel and the democracy
Tax Losses
Totalitarian Collectivism
Regrettable Incident
Wulff’s Attorney Brings New Legal Action
The ECB in the Crossfire
Former Constitutional Judge Sceptical
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German Banks Need Money
Stumbling Match
Deutsche Bank under Pressure
The Crow …
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Shot in the Arm for the Economy
Political Crime Novel
ECB Soon to be the Eurozone‘s only Bad Bank
Demonstration for Democracy
Award for responsible action
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Final move
European rating agency
The last elections
Hartz-IV is enough
Mr. Putin, please cry!
No longer worth anything
Free trade agreement
1st September 2014
The election in Saxony
Special European Summit
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Immigrants criticised
Unbelievable assets
Bundesbank closes Money Museum
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Only the penitent …
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ECB stability report
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Bribery of MP’s
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The Stability Pact
Avoid Obama
Thoughts on Merkel's birthday
Megalomania’s children
Niebel’s Low Points
On László Andor’s speech
Snowden should say nothing
Reduction of interest rates
OECD report
A great blunder
Germany as a driver of growth?
Farewell, housing allowance
Sick health service
The EU Commission knows about popular deception
Draghi gives a warning
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A forced affair of the heart
Drawn from left to right
Hollywood
The aftermath of an election
65 years of the Basic Law
Hypocrisy
Who will save the life-insured?
Minimum wage
Minimum Wage I
Minimum Wage II
Minimum wage III
Minimum wages IV
The minimum wage V
Arise for revolution
The European elections are an act of dictatorship
Switzerland and Europe
Protection of the Constitution and services
The impossible triangle
The standard pension
Schäuble tricks again
The old “Welt”
The Union wears the trousers
Zeroes – commas – nothing!
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Court Condemns Politicians
The highest German court
Parties for the European election
Freedom of the press
Dispensation from obligations
European Elections
European election
The resurrection of "doctor" Schavan
Per capita assets
Federal Constitutional Court – Accrued gain and provision
ESM - ECB - the flood of debt
The hysterical Republic
Review proceedings against Wulff
The own goal of the High Court
Judges helpless
Schavan and zu Guttenberg
Human rights
Counterfeit money and false fifties
Fight against tax fraud?
New fellow citizens
So many ministers
Democracy the Turkish way
But will every European pay?
Data protection
Tax havens
Free Trade Agreement
Data thieves at work
Expropriation of the citizen
Soon without cash
NSA Investigation Committee
Dutch rating agencies
Officials in the German Bundestag
Snub for banks
Repeated deception of the people
De-dictatorisation
GroKo = Große Kosten (great costs)
The sluts of the SPD
What the grand coalition will present to us
Federal Public Prosecutor versus the NSA
The new “tithe”
The people’s sense of justice
Trauma of coalition negotiations
When will it finally come, the Constitution for the united Germany?
Investors and savers
Finally, Mr. Ströbele
Church and State
Left party politics
Is the Constitution democratically legitimised?
Needs must when the devil drives
Wiki-Leaks +
The CDU and its donors
State of emergency
High finance and party-politics
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Deception over the Fiscal Pact
The failure of the government
Not really more money for the unemployed
Surpluses in health
Euro rescue by means of inflation
Asylum for the Chancellor
Discussion over democracy
Complaint against ...
The apparent vote ...
Courage, Mrs. Merkel!
Paid E-mailing
Only one month to go
Siegfried the Brave
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Fraud by forecast
Germany illegitimate
Election gifts
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The rubble women
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Berlin Joint Welfare...
The casino of Cyprus
Ratings and bank union
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Bank union
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Democracy in Germany
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False average
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Parliamentary absentees
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Schroeder’s homage
Gay marriage: only policy
Gauck
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Penalties for bankers
Bank bailout fund
The female quota
G-20
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Stalemate in Italy
Merkel’s interests
NPD ban
Rating agencies
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€ 8 more
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ESM
Germany is bankrupt
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Merkel Referendum
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Top experts
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Angela's wrinkles
Vultures gather
2011- System correction
Rating Agency Foundation
Contact men
Leading politicians
Transfer union
Membership fees
Referendum S21
Business–Banks–Politics
Misplaced doctors
State Trojan horses
Petitions ignored
The lever effect
Bonds by the ECB
Member states
No access
Political lobbyism
Conditions like in the East
Transparency
Sponsorship funds
Development aid
The transfer procedure
GER is doing itself away
Rescue packages
Supercrash in USA and EU
The 'Soli'-Lie
Vladimir Putin
A plea for direct democracy
Distrust of the Chancellor
More control
Flight of capital
Euro summit
It's war
The C in CDU and CSU
Deceit and lies
Germany getting screwed
Investments in countries
The illusion of a ...
General statements
Democracy-...-Dictatorship
GER-insurance society
Debt brake
Costs of members
Deceit and lies
Retirement provision
Medal of Freedom
Euro-thugs / Polit-thugs
We are the people
Security authorities
National debt and ...
Apology from the bankers
The Merkel Adventure
Party Competences
Chancellor
The East-Mark, ... ,Euro
Sister Merkel
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