Tuesday, August 26, 2014

East and West: city, country, poor – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

East and West: city, country, poor – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung



Poverty is relative. No one else in this country should take this word only in the mouth – with a view of the conditions in the really poor countries of the world. But even the relative poverty concept has its weaknesses. Because 60 percent of the median income in this country, by definition, the poverty threshold may be a joke in Munich. In Brandenburg, it looks quite a bit different.


Henrike Rossbach author. Henrike Rossbach, born in 1979, business correspondent in Berlin

Poverty decides in everyday life. About what you can buy himself and his children, how you live, what you eat, what things, vacations and interests you can afford. In this respect it is instructive if the institution of the German economy has now calculated that the poverty lines measured on the cost of living just not flawless run between East and West, but especially between city and country.


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The only question is whether politics draws the right conclusions – for example, when it comes to reorganization of regional support after the expiry of the Solidarity Pact in 2019 goes. An Eternity promise for the solos is guaranteed not what do the people affected by poverty in Germany.


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East and West

City, Country, arm

From Henrike Rossbach, Berlin

The poverty line no longer runs between East and West, but between town and country. Therefore, an eternal solos would be wrong.

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