91 per cent of Germans buy less

Graham Charles Lear
6 min readJul 3, 2022

If you want to see what is going on in other countries dont rely on the British MSM to show you, go and take a look at what the country that you are interested in their own MSM is saying.

Take Germany for instance.

All of Europe suffers from the inflation hammer! As reported by the statistics authority Eurostat, the rate of inflation in the eurozone was 8.6 per cent in June — more than at any time since the introduction of the common currency 20 years ago!

Yet according to the British MSM, everything is all rosy in the garden in Germany

In Germany, the fuel discount and 9-euro tickets have slowed the rise in inflation somewhat (currently 7.6 per cent), but the consequences are dramatic here too.

In Baden-Württemberg alone, 45 swimming pools are on the verge of collapse because they can no longer afford the high energy prices.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (64, SPD) wants to forge an anti-inflation plan together with the trade unions and employers’ associations in the Chancellery tomorrow and has invited “concerted action. Scholz wants to propose relieving employees with a tax-free one-off payment. But his proposal was heavily criticized by the trade unions beforehand

An exclusive INSA survey for BILD am SONNTAG (1003 respondents on Friday) shows how urgently politicians must act now.

► 75 per cent state that the price increases are a heavy or very heavy burden. For households with a net income of fewer than 2,000 euros, the figure is even 82 per cent!

► 50 per cent state that their economic situation has deteriorated this year. For 42 per cent it has remained the same, and for only seven per cent it has improved. And: 46 per cent expect things to continue to go downhill!

► Almost every second person (46 per cent) has already postponed a major purchase this year because of the high prices.

► 91 per cent of those surveyed state that they are already saving today (see chart), most of them on restaurant visits (54 per cent), on buying clothes (50 per cent) and on vacation (48 per cent). 43 per cent even save when buying groceries. Only nine per cent of those surveyed state that they do not (yet) have to limit themselves.

Where do Germans personally limit themselves due to the increased prices?

► Restaurant visits: 54 per cent

► Clothing: 50 per cent

► Vacation: 48 per cent

► Bars/pubs: 47 per cent

► Driving: 47 per cent

► Food: 43 per cent

► Water consumption (showers/baths): 40 percent

► Culture (cinema, museums, theatre): 40 per cent

► Media subscriptions: 26 per cent

► Not at all: 9 per cent

And the INSA data shows something else: people are already afraid of winter! Every second German expects to have to freeze this winter.

This fear is probably not unfounded: Hamburg’s Environment Senator Jens Kerstan (56, Greens) is the first top politician to warn of hot water rationing for private households.

“In an acute gas shortage, warm water could only be made available at certain times of the day in an emergency,” Kerstan predicts in WELT am SONNTAG. It is also possible to lower the maximum room temperature in the district heating network.

According to Economics Minister Robert Habeck (52, Greens), Russian gas could be almost over in a week. From July 11, there is a threat of “a total blockade of Nord Stream 1,” said Habeck.

Because Gazprom wants to carry out the annual maintenance from July 11 to 21 on what is by far the most important pipeline for Germany.

During this time, no gas will flow through Nord Stream 1 to Germany. Whether it will continue after that is unclear. The Federal Network Agency considers a gas stop possible and calls for energy saving.

What do you have to give up?

Dig deep into your pocket for everything. For normal life, butter, milk, vegetables, fuel, heating. Consumer prices are rising and inflation in the euro area has never been higher.

BILD am SONNTAG asked: What do you do without, what do you limit yourself to? For some, vacation is no longer possible, others stick with old technology or simply turn off the light

“I gave up my vacation”

Nurse Christian Rottenfusser (50)

Nurse Christian Rottenfusser (50): “Life has become noticeably more expensive. Almost painful. I am a single father and recently treated my son to a stay at a school camp.

I gave up my own vacation. I’m not visiting my father at the moment either. The only way to get there is by car: too far, too expensive.”

“Our car stops more often now”

Pensioners Annemarie (72) and Wolfgang (75) Geier: “Our car simply stops more often now. However, we are happy to do without this comfort, as we fully integrate our bicycles into life as a sensible replacement. We are worried about the energy prices, the development of which is not foreseeable.”

“Meat from a good butcher is rare at the moment”

Optician Milena Stuckert (23): “I definitely buy less and mainly do without food that I love. Meat from a good butcher is very rare at the moment. It also happens that I have to spread the shopping across several supermarkets. To be able to take advantage of good special offers.”

“The old TV’s still fine”

Chris Hartmann (29), painter and varnisher: “I tend to do without indirectly. Because of the rising prices, I can build fewer reserves and save less. Purchases are deferred. For example, I would like to have a new TV in the bedroom. But the old one still does.”

Rent, electricity, gas! Did the expensive shock get you too?

Everything gets more expensive. Everyone, it seems, now wants to earn some money. Everywhere in Germany, for example, horrified tenants report: My basic rent will be increased drastically, by 7.5 or even 10 per cent.

And then millions of households now receive letters from electricity providers who have decided to increase the price by 60, 70 or even 100 per cent. Anyone who receives mail from the gas supplier in these weeks will read: Unfortunately, the prices will soon have to be massively adjusted. Possibly by 100, 200 or even 300 per cent.

Many, many households will therefore have to pay several hundred euros more per month. But can they?

So there you have it. It's just as bad if not worse in Germany with its RECORD INFLATION AND ENERGY COSTS

Source the German newspaper Bild

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Graham Charles Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.