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Germany Increases Support To 500M EUR In SEA  
User currently offlineFlying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4161 posts, RR: 36
Posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1205 times:

Germany´s government has decided to increase financial support for regions hit by the tsunami to 500 million EUR (~650 million US$). Target areas are mainly Sri Lanka and Sumatra. In addition the German public has so far raised close to 100 million US$. The large supply vessel "Berlin" is currently on its way into the desaster-hit region, and within the next few days a mobile hospital will be deployed to Sumatra to restore medical capabilities in this part of Indonesia. In addition several GO- and NGO organisations from Germany are operating in various parts of the region. Well, for once this government has done something right... now - there are other places in the world which could need some help as well.


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User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4681 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1167 times:

Ok now, how do the German people feel about this?


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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8239 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

Wasn't it just 30 million the other day? That's quite a jump!


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User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1128 times:

Personally, I couldn't think of any other way the money would be spent better. I fully support our government, and so does the huge majority of the German people, I haven't heard ANYBODY here complaining about it.

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14011 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1121 times:

This is perfectly ok with me. I just hope that the money will end up where it helps most and that not a large part of it is going to line pockets of corrupt politicians at the receiving end.

Jan


User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4681 posts, RR: 47
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1116 times:

Jan,

Good point about a portion of the funding going to line pockets of corrupt officials. I fear that 60-70% of the monies, country of origin irregardless, will line the pockets of not only corrupt politicians, but also corrupt officials in certain 'relief organizations'. It's a shame, but a matter of fact. I've witnessed it first-hand. That's all that I can say.



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1112 times:

I just saw on ZDF that Michael Schumacher donated 1.000.000 USD, impressive for sure but actually no reason to freak out, it is the same as I would donate 10 EUR because of the income difference between him and me.

Patrick

Edit: Typo, Schumacher donated 10.000.000 USD

[Edited 2005-01-05 00:19:01]

User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7953 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1095 times:

The problem with donatations like the one of Mr. Schumacher is, that organizations like the Médecins Sans Frontières are still having to little money to effectively support other regions that desperately need help as well, whereas they have more then enough money to spend on countries affected by the Tsunami. At the same time, transferring the surplus would be illegal.


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User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

Sabena332, he made $65 million this year. I doubt you only make €65 a year...

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8706 posts, RR: 43
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1080 times:

Oh hell. Is it really that hard to let Schumacher enjoy his wealth? I mean, he's only the best F1 driver the world has ever seen and the F1 is nothing but a big money making/wasting scheme, so he might as well get his part of the cake. Sure it's easy to donate $10.000.000 when you've made $65.000.000 this year, but what the hell. Stop being so begrudging.

[Edited 2005-01-05 01:26:09]


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1063 times:

Why is this whole aid thing look like it is degrading down to a "Bidding war"




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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1058 times:

Why is this whole aid thing look like it is degrading down to a "Bidding war"

L-188, you are correct, this "donation contest" is becoming more and more ridiculous in my opinion. The people give and give but most of them don't care where the money will end later, maybe because the people feel good only because they donated, no matter to whom.

Patrick


User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1035 times:

This money is well spent...we fork so much money out of the windows here in Germany that doesn't help anyone who really needs it, in this case it helps those who really need it...those who fight for their sheer lives, a fact that none of us here can really comprehend since we are all sitting on our well-fed asses and torture our keyboards!

So yes, go give that money, send over ships, aircraft, whatever!



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