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India Corona Emergency Aid: Does the Government Keep Its Promises?

23:55  28 may  2020
23:55  28 may  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

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The government did not leave anyone alone, promised Olaf Scholz and Peter Altmaier in March. However, the self-employed can only pay their operating costs from Corona Emergency Aid. Are they just falling through the grid?

With the state emergency aid, musician Vera Klima thought, this corona crisis could be overcome. At the end of March, her performances had just been canceled for two months, an income loss of almost 3,000 euros - but the quick reaction of the state took away her fear of existence. It shouldn't last long.

Only two weeks later it was clear: Vera Klima will only be able to keep a fraction of the emergency aid she has received: for the operating costs. "But musicians only make up a small part of the expenses," she says. Rehearsal room, transporter, but otherwise? "Most of my income is for food and rent, but I don't get anything for that."

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There are hundreds of thousands of self-employed people in Germany in the same situation. And this despite the fact that at the beginning of the crisis, Economics Minister Peter Altmaier promised: "We will not leave anyone alone"; and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz announced that one could help everyone, because there was enough money. The new episode of “Fangfang”, the SPIEGEL policy podcast, is therefore about emergency corona aid for the self-employed and the question of whether the state has not kept its promise?

We speak to self-employed people like Vera Klima who feel left alone by the authorities. At the same time, however, we also hear from people who feel it very differently, to whom emergency aid has saved their existence. And we talk to our colleague Michael Kröger from the SPIEGEL business department about the political decisions behind the emergency aid.

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Michael Kröger says that the big problem with the emergency aid for solo self-employed people is the way they are tailored: "Those affected who really should be helped are not reached." The state had just entered unknown areas with these aid packages: "And mistakes were made, no question about it. Because where people work, mistakes happen. I don't assume any malicious intent. But the mistakes were made and cannot be dismissed out of hand. "

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