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Germany wastes billions on bizarre projects
TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Oct 2013 16:19 CET | (The Local/AFP/fs)

Posted on 10/17/2013 5:57:46 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Bridges for field mice, a disastrously over-budget philharmonic hall and a cycle path that stops in the middle of nowhere—a list published on Thursday reveals the bizarre ways in which the government has wasted German taxpayers’ money.

The so-called “Black Book”, compiled by the German Taxpayers’ Alliance, lists the many and diverse ways where the state has spent billions of euros of public finances through poorly planned, questionable and absurd projects. The body’s head, Rainer Holznagel said: “Germany is richer than ever before. But far too much of our hard-earned money is not being spent efficiently.” …

Most expensive of all are the large construction projects which go wrong. Costs of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg have risen from €77 million to €800 million. Berlin’s new airport, meanwhile, is costing €162,000 a month just to keep clean, while its opening is continuously delayed and costs of the €3-billion project are ever increasing. An operating theater in Düsseldorf’s university hospital cost €200 million, but three years on it has still not been used due to inadequate fire safety precautions. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Germany; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mousebridges; porkbarrel; porkulus; roadstonowhere

1 posted on 10/17/2013 5:57:46 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Sounds like the USA.


2 posted on 10/17/2013 5:59:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Yep, sounds like a certain web site that doesn’t work that billions more will be spent on to try and make it actually work.


3 posted on 10/17/2013 6:03:05 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Olog-hai
"Germany wastes billions on bizarre projects."

Oh, you cannot begin to imagine.

4 posted on 10/17/2013 6:03:42 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: cripplecreek

Yep sure does. Looks like the Zombie Politicians of the United States are now trying to take over Germany.


5 posted on 10/17/2013 6:08:26 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Patriot Babe

It’s the other way around, really. Consider where the social market economy originated.


6 posted on 10/17/2013 6:09:46 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Germany wastes billions on bizarre projects...

like propping up the EU.

7 posted on 10/17/2013 6:16:04 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

like wwii?


8 posted on 10/17/2013 6:16:43 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Olog-hai

They could merge some of them. A bicycle path for field mice, with bridges, for example.


9 posted on 10/17/2013 6:17:12 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: Olog-hai

The Black Book?

Europe has a lot of experience with that sort of thing. Any of these people weighing the same as a duck?


10 posted on 10/17/2013 6:20:12 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

No, that’s not what they do, when one rechecks the numbers.

Besides, the EU is a project that many of their elite politicians have declared themselves to be passionate about.

And this thread is about their domestic waste.


11 posted on 10/17/2013 6:30:25 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Hmmm...is a German tea party in the offing?


12 posted on 10/17/2013 6:31:28 PM PDT by gspurlock (http://www.backyardfence.wordpress.com)
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To: Olog-hai

Sounds like a plan to destabilize doesn’t it?


13 posted on 10/17/2013 6:37:41 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (You hear it here first.)
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To: Olog-hai; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson
Ich bin ein burthener.
14 posted on 10/17/2013 6:44:02 PM PDT by martin_fierro (Bad F├╝ssing)
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To: Olog-hai

Well, at least it keeps them out of France......for awhile.


15 posted on 10/17/2013 7:06:47 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Olog-hai

We should bail them out./s


16 posted on 10/17/2013 7:19:58 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: Olog-hai

Pikers. The Big Dig would have wiped out their entire economy.


17 posted on 10/17/2013 7:21:51 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Olog-hai

They are trying to emulate America’s President Utopia.


18 posted on 10/17/2013 7:52:57 PM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don't need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: Olog-hai

“Bridges for Field Mice” might be a good name for a classical techno-punk band


19 posted on 10/17/2013 7:58:17 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Olog-hai

Maybe they could build a few empty cities


20 posted on 10/17/2013 8:00:06 PM PDT by GeronL
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