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Eisenring, Christoph


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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 20/08/2015

Future generations will pay the price

The Bundestag's approval for the new bailout for Athens shows that Europe's politicians are deluding themselves when it comes to aid for Greece, warns the liberal conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: "Nowhere in Europe are the promises to send aid reflected in the national budget. On the contrary, the finance ministers of the Eurozone have ruled out a nominal debt write-down. They are maintaining the fiction that the Greeks will repay their debts at some point - perhaps in 60 years' time according to the IMF. These camouflage tactics are pathetic. Those who are giving Athens money yet again should at least assume the financial responsibility for doing so. Those who service old debts with new ones, make the repayment periods ever longer and slash the interest rates are only passing the buck from generation to generation, almost like a chain letter."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 18/12/2014

Germany's road toll discriminating

The German cabinet on Wednesday approved the introduction of a road toll in Germany starting January 2016. A discriminating coercive measure, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung rails: "True, both Germans and foreigners will have to pay the toll. But Germans will then be able to offset the full amount against their vehicle tax. Neither the Swiss nor the Austrians will have such privileges for their road tax discs. Ultimately the fate of the road toll will have to be decided at the European Court of Justice. ... In view of record high tax revenues, Germany shouldn't have problems finding money for additional investments in its budget. ... But perhaps Germany could learn something from France, which has privatised its motorway network. The World Economic Forum gave France 4th place on road quality (while Germany ranked 13th). In any event one thing is clear: the road toll project borders on harassment - a fact the German government isn't willing to admit."

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