Germans up the canal without a paddle

#1
The German government are suposedly into cost cutting for similar reasons as the Brits, but without the knee jerk, have a wolverine in your pants style politics of Westminster. The German public however suspect that considerable savings are there to be made given the huge size of the civil service here.

One example is the Federal Transport Ministry. They've been stonewalling criticism from the German treasury for a decade or two about their manning and spending in one department. The department in which over 13,000 civil servants are employed (with cushy terms, high pay, buck shee pensions etc etc.) That's 2/3rds of all the civil servants in the entire Transport Ministry. Which department would need so many staff? A growth area definately? Yes you guessed it, it's the department responsible for navigable canals and rivers. The department currently trying to canalise the Elbe despite it only having enough water for shipping for six weeks each year. The same department built state of the art container ports in Halle and Magdeburg after the wall fell, each with costs running into the Billion range and neither of which have ever seen a single ship or barge. All this despite internal shipping tonnages falling consistantly for the past century. The industry peaked just before the first world war and it been all down hill since.

When reporters took the step of actually asking individual department members what they actually did, they were told to F@ck off. Apparently it's none of the tax payer's business.

DER SPIEGEL have finally taken notice, I wonder if Angela Merkel will ever read it?
 
#4
When reporters took the step of actually asking individual department members what they actually did, they were told to F@ck off. Apparently it's none of the tax payer's business.
Shizer, and I thought Hermans were supposed to be the very model of efficiency...
 
#5
Shizer, and I thought Hermans were supposed to be the very model of efficiency...
They are. So efficient that they have successfully prevented one single fact getting out to the public. Can you imagine that happening over here? Our government depts make WikiLeaks look tight-lipped.
 
#7
All part of the vast EU single waterways dream that is The Trans-European Inland Waterway Network.

Transport: Promotion of inland waterway transport - European commission

All very worthy I am sure but vast amounts of dosh have been poured into this by Governments across Europe directly or indirectly via the EU with no regard for the true economics of it all.

Run by multiple national bureacracies at the behest of European socialist politicians seeking pork barrel projects to win votes, the EU and various bodies such as the Central Commissionfor the Navigation of the Rhine.

A trans-European mega project devoid of any real oversight and "Green". What could possibly go wrong?
 
#8
All part of the vast EU single waterways dream that is The Trans-European Inland Waterway Network.

Transport: Promotion of inland waterway transport - European commission

All very worthy I am sure but vast amounts of dosh have been poured into this by Governments across Europe directly or indirectly via the EU with no regard for the true economics of it all.

Run by multiple national bureacracies at the behest of European socialist politicians seeking pork barrel projects to win votes, the EU and various bodies such as the Central Commissionfor the Navigation of the Rhine.

A trans-European mega project devoid of any real oversight and "Green". What could possibly go wrong?
I thought this was all part of the master plan to turn Europe into an island...

..with a 50m wide canal from the North Sea to the Mediterranean via, say, the Black Sea.

Look at the atlas. :)

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#9
What a lot of poppycock !!!!!!!!
Most posters on this thread, don`t seem to know much about the state and position of their own country, let alone that of Germany. If you want to talk foreign affairs, don`t talk verbal diarrhea.
 

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#10
What a lot of poppycock !!!!!!!!
Most posters on this thread, don`t seem to know much about the state and position of their own country, let alone that of Germany. If you want to talk foreign affairs, don`t talk verbal diarrhea.

That's an intelligent, well reasoned and thought provoking arguement you've put forward. Cernunnos et al should bow before your wisdom
 
#12
All part of the vast EU single waterways dream that is The Trans-European Inland Waterway Network.

Transport: Promotion of inland waterway transport - European commission

All very worthy I am sure but vast amounts of dosh have been poured into this by Governments across Europe directly or indirectly via the EU with no regard for the true economics of it all.

Run by multiple national bureacracies at the behest of European socialist politicians seeking pork barrel projects to win votes, the EU and various bodies such as the Central Commissionfor the Navigation of the Rhine.

A trans-European mega project devoid of any real oversight and "Green". What could possibly go wrong?
What could go wrong?

These things for a start



If you read german then Fremde Fische: Invasion der kaspischen Grundeln - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wissenschaft


If not then these fish have been hoovering up anything and everything in Western European waters since the opening of the east/west canals/
 
#13
Having spent most of my working life in germany, I must admit I would have loved to have worked for the state, 13months pay minimum a year at the age of 45 upto 52working days paid holidays and of course being Unsackable as well steal half the office or embezzle you just get promoted sideways,I was Curator of a well known town in the Rheinland, the CDU mayor of said town was a randy git and kept getting his secretaries and office staff preggers, he became an embarassment to the town and his political party, so they made him Director of the Zoo and my boss, after knocking heads a few times , he agreed to become my public relations advisor and fundraiser he was brilliant at it and our partnership worked well, if you are reading this Franz ,an rosenmontag versuch deine hosen an zu halten!!
 
#15
What a lot of poppycock !!!!!!!!
Most posters on this thread, don`t seem to know much about the state and position of their own country, let alone that of Germany. If you want to talk foreign affairs, don`t talk verbal diarrhea.
Are you up on blocks?
 
#16
The same department built state of the art container ports in Halle and Magdeburg after the wall fell, each with costs running into the Billion range and neither of which have ever seen a single ship or barge. All this despite internal shipping tonnages falling consistantly for the past century. The industry peaked just before the first world war and it has been all down hill since.
I suggest that this is a classic schoolboy error when building canals, and may seriously undermine their effectiveness.
 
#17
The amount of money that has poured into bottomless pits in the former East Germany is enough to make most people cry,some 30 % of the Billions can´t even be accounted for,that´s one reason why I´m self-employed as they can kiss my lily white arrse before they waste any more of my hard earned tax money.
The civil service is a gravy train where even teachers are ´Beamte` make good money working 3-4 hours a day and enjoy a non-contributle(sp?) pension that they normally claim at around 55 because of `stress´-sound familiar?

Saying that,Germany has been the quickest out of the blocks after the Bank crisis and car sales worldwide are almost staggeringly high,over 5 million to China alone and Germany is at the moment on a roll,the present weather might prove to be a bit of a pain if it carries on though.

Up the creek without a paddle?I don´t think so and most of those seemingly stupid projects in the East have kept people off the dole and provided training for the young,maybe they´ve got enough motorways and copying Hitler openly is political suicide,but don´t worry they´re shrinking the Army and suspending National Service so the French can breathe freely!
Unemployment in Germany is at 7% at the moment and in Bavaria where I live It´s just slipped under 4% so they´re doing something right.
 

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