New study raises the alarm: The traffic light has no plan against the housing shortage
Created: 2022-12-28 05:58
By: Georg Anastasiadis
A commentary by Merkur Editor-in-Chief Georg Anastasiadis.
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Housing construction is not progressing as it should.
Meanwhile, more and more migrants are pouring into the country.
Things are getting tight in Germany and the government has no plan for this scenario.
A commentary by Georg Anastasiadis.
Germany is a country of immigration, has been the first motto of the political left for many years.
It has taken some time for conservatives to accept demographic realities and the demands of an aging population.
The problem: Neither the left nor the "bourgeois" act accordingly.
An immigration country chooses very carefully who it will let into the country and who not, it controls immigration and, through suitable framework conditions, ensures that there are enough apartments for everyone so that there are no conflicts between natives and immigrants.
Study: Germany is heading for an unprecedented housing shortage
None of this is happening in Germany: like the Merkel government, the traffic light coalition is more or less silently enduring the rapidly increasing migration according to the EU forecast and has largely stopped efforts to deport criminals and those unwilling to integrate;
some in the government even celebrate themselves for their "humanity".
At the same time, building regulations have been tightened in our country for years and supposedly social "rent caps" have been devised.
That and the increasing price-boosting bureaucracy are hampering new construction.
The government cannot do anything about the rising market interest rates, but they are now making the situation even worse because more and more investors are finding construction unprofitable.
Now the government is being presented with the receipt: According to a study by Deutsche Bank, Germany is heading for an unprecedented housing shortage.
Instead of the promised 400,000 new apartments per year, in the foreseeable future it will only be half.
In addition, the number of people living here is expected to increase to 86 million by 2030, according to the study.
It's getting tight in Germany.
And the government clearly has no plan.