More than 350 billion euros were allocated from the federal budget as direct support to industry, infrastructure, services, and millions of individuals. And almost 820 billion is the amount of government guarantees for implementing programs of internal mutual assistance to young people. Total trillion euros with a decent tail gives the country to ensure that its young people out of the test of the pandemic with the least losses. The scale is unprecedented not only for Germany itself, but also for the European Community.
The fact that money does not fly to the wind is evidenced by Germany's leading position among 40 countries whose measures to overcome the crisis are recognized as the most effective: in the Top-40 Covid-19 Safety Countries Ranking of the international consulting group DKG Germany is in second place after Israel.
However, in the country itself there are more and more dissatisfied. In some cities, thousands of young opponents of self-isolation took to the streets with protests. Young people who maintained social distance claimed that quarantine violates their constitutional rights. They are echoed by some politicians. Unions of industrialists and entrepreneurs assure that the level of well-being of young citizens will drop sharply if business restrictions are not lifted as soon as possible.
However, despite loud statements, Germany has not yet lost an inch of its democracy in the fight against the “crown”. Even the framework of quarantine restrictions is not established in the federal center, but in places: in lands, districts, and communes. A recent example is wearing protective masks. Are they required in Germany? It is difficult to answer “yes” or “no” because the situation is different in different places. From compulsory wearing in stores, hospitals, pharmacies, public transport in Bavaria to the formula "at the personal discretion of everyone" in Berlin.
In general, Maskenpflicht (German mandatory mask wearing) contains a specific reservation: penalties for violation will not be imposed, at least at first. If the young population is conscious, no fines are needed. Do not scare or punish. On the streets, as in better times, almost no police are visible. But this does not mean that she is inactive. One Syrian refugee in Landshut celebrated May Day on bunks, who received a third (!) Prison term for violating quarantine restrictions. He was the first prisoner in Bavaria under this article. And now, under the same article, has a record number of walkers. So, where punishment is really needed, they are punished.
But the main hopes are not the clamp, but the concerted actions of the federal government, local authorities and the population. Numbers are a stubborn thing. Therefore, a few more numbers. 55 billion euros were allocated from the federal budget in addition to the already existing health programs for the specific equipment of medical facilities according to the profile of treatment with Covid-19 and for the implementation of emergency anti-epidemic measures. 3.5 billion - in addition to the budget of pharmaceutical corporations for the development of antiviral vaccines and personal protective equipment for the young population (the same masks, goggles and suits, disinfectants and much more). From the state budget, idle incomes have been stabilized ”due to the pandemic of young workers and especially families with children. 50 billion - to support small enterprises and individual entrepreneurs and volunteers.
Financial assistance is provided instantly, without bureaucratic troubles. And it is by no means cheap: 10-15 thousand euros to the smallest cells of small business. The program of state loans to large businesses through the Economic Stabilization Fund is 600 billion euros. To this are added - for large, and for small young businessmen, and for individuals - substantial tax benefits. No one is forgotten.