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Siems, Dorothea

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Die Welt - Germany | 21/07/2015

Families don't need state subvention

The German Federal Constitutional Court on Tuesday overturned the controversial child care subsidy, because the Federal State is not responsible for such regulation. This money, to the value of 150 euros, was given to parents of small children, who were not using state child care. Now family support in general needs scrutinising, demands the conservative daily Die Welt: "The debate is typically German - and somewhat ludicrous. How can 150 euros a month be seen as appropriate pay for parenting? Conversely, such comparatively modest family support will not have enough of an impact that women would make their career plans dependent on it. … But because Father State likes to play at being generous and spread questionable good deeds among families, he has to reach into the parents' pockets in other places, with ever increasing taxes for example, or social security contributions. If fathers and mothers were left more of the money they had earned themselves, there would be no need for further featherbedding by the state!"

Die Welt - Germany | 29/06/2015

Grexit will restore Athens' sovereignty

After the announcement of a referendum in Greece, the conservative daily Die Welt sees a Grexit as likely and helpful: "For the first time since the start of the debt crisis there is a real and - judging by the financial markets - manageable possibility of a Grexit. This step could prove liberating for both sides for many reasons. … With their own currency [the Greeks] have better long-term economic prospects and will regain at least some of the sovereignty they so sorely miss. In other euro states there may be opposition to the consolidation policy, but the view prevails that only a competitive Europe has a future. It is not Merkel's euro course that has failed, but the repeated attempts to make the indispensable prerequisites for membership of the monetary union attractive to Greece."

Die Welt - Germany | 10/05/2011

Exit could generate boom

It makes sense for Greece to leave the Monetary Union because that would improve the Greeks' prospects for lasting economic recovery, writes the conservative daily Die Welt: "The strong common currency is like a millstone around their necks. With a national currency that genuinely reflects the strength of their economy, the Greeks could develop economically and eventually close ranks with core Europe. Once Greece left, the Euro countries - for moral reasons if nothing else - would be obliged to show solidarity. The billions in aid could then but be put to better use than now. Right from the start the euro was a political project. But on the long term the idea of a common currency can't compete with market forces. The danger that the helpers will themselves get sucked into the debt maelstrom is the real menace to the stability of the euro. The transfer union won't help in the long run and is turning the Greeks into Europe's social welfare recipients."

Die Welt - Germany | 19/01/2011

German companies need female manager quota

Men continue to enjoy the lion's share of leading positions at large German corporations. According to a study by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), 90 of the 100 largest firms don't have a single woman on their boards of management. The conservative daily Die Welt argues in favour of a quota system: "The glass ceiling that career-oriented woman sooner or later come up against is hard to recognise and even harder to remedy. The fact is that conscious discrimination against women is extremely rare. Thank the Lord, here in Germany we're far past that. Nevertheless, potential women top managers often don't even show up on the radar when it's time to fill spots at the very top. To change that, companies must set clear guidelines and implement them with the help of incentives and sanctions. That must be part of the nuts and bolts of business."

Die Welt - Germany | 24/06/2010

Learning together weakens stronger students

In a nationwide school test the southern German states did better than the north. City-states like Berlin and Hamburg, whose school students showed a particularly large number of deficiencies, should learn from this the conservative daily Die Welt believes: "In southern Germany people still recognize that to attain a good level of education may not cost blood but can certainly require sweat and tears. ... Bavaria's victory shows that the early selection of students for Gymnasium, Realschule or Hauptschule [more academic or more vocationally oriented schools] is in no way to the detriment of weaker students. Bavaria scored the best results for all three types of schools.Those who propagate having everyone learn together for longer are gaining ground not only in Hamburg and Berlin but also in many federal states (now also in North-Rhine Westphalia). Their arguments have to do not with achievement but with 'social justice'. Working-class children should have a better chance of getting their Abitur [university entrance qualification]. With this goal in mind the Abitur is being ever more downgraded. Because you can't force weaker students to achieve excellence, educational differences are being ironed out by reducing standards. This is a crying shame for children who are now being cheated out of their chances for the future."

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