The streets are hot at minus 2 degrees: Yellow vest burns all over Europe.

 The streets are hot at minus 2 degrees: Yellow vest burns all over Europe.

Five days after French President Mark Long conceded to the yellow vest protestors, the campaign spread to Germany.

Last Saturday (December 15), German protestors wearing yellow vest took to the streets of Munich and gathered in front of the National Theatre to protest against high rents and stretched retirement costs.

Daily economic journalists noted that the lowest temperature in Munich that day was - 2 degrees Celsius. But even if it was cold, it could not dampen the enthusiasm of the protestors.

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As the Yellow vest Movement entered its fourth weekend, in addition to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and other countries also responded to the protests originating in France. The whole continent is shrouded in discontent with the economic downturn and tax increases.

German Response to the French Yellow vest Movement

Last Saturday (December 15), two major organizations, Up Munich and Unyielding France-Munich, called for the protest in front of the National Theatre, the first yellow vest protest in Germany. By noon, about 200 protestors were involved, and the police spoke in front of the crowd. The whole protest was also in line with the German character of calm and rational, and there was no excessive behavior.

Christian Lange, one of the Up Munich leaders, said more yellow vest protests would be held in Hamburg, Leipzig, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf in the coming weeks. The French yellow vest movement started from a very young age, the official said. We have sent a signal.

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Representatives of Up Munich said they had a large number of supporters. Since its establishment in September, 167,000 people have registered on the Internet and many local organizations have been established.

A 67-year-old woman told the Mirror reporter, In Germany, we are always told that we are doing well. Why dont most of them notice anything? With a pension of less than 1,000 euros, the old lady said that every cup of coffee she drank with her friends had to be saved as much as possible, and the money had to be counted on the edge of the knife.

Ordinary people live in a tight corner.

Many of the people who participated in the protests were in financial difficulties, as the old lady who had to count for a cup of coffee above, and there were still plenty of such people. Bastian Pflger, 32, has retired early for medical reasons, but his life is stretched by his meager pension, according to the Mirror. If it was a bank that was sick, they would have saved it, he said, holding a banner in his hand.

Among the protestors, a 62-year-old unemployed woman complained that the rich are getting richer and richer, but many ordinary people living on the banks of the Isar River can no longer afford the houses of the city they live in.

Converting the 1,000-euro pension mentioned by the 67-year-old woman into RMB, which is about 7812 yuan, is not a low level in other countries, but the quality of life can not be separated from the comparison with local prices.

According to NUMBEO, a single person spends at least 818.98 euros a month in Munich, while a family of four spends three times as much as 2848 euros a month. However, rent is not included.

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According to the website statistics, Munich ranks 72nd out of 447 cities in the world in terms of housing expenditure, with an index of 73.67. Shanghai ranks first among mainland Chinese cities, with a figure of 49.51, a third lower than Munichs housing cost.

Expatistan, a daily economic news website, found that as of December 2018, an 85-square-metre suite with furniture had been rented in an expensive area in Munich, with a monthly rent of 1885 euros, close to 15,000 yuan, and a house with the same conditions in an ordinary area with a monthly rent of 1517 euros. If you choose a single apartment with kitchen and bathroom, the price is relatively cheap, the monthly rent of expensive area is 1270 euros, and the monthly rent of ordinary area is 951 euros, which also needs nearly 7500 yuan a month.

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If the data of the two websites are combined, a single person rents a single apartment in a common area, and his monthly cost of living plus rent is 818.98+951=1770 euros. This level of consumption is indeed a little lower than the 67-year-old womans pension of less than 1,000 euros.

A wave of protests swept across Europe

In fact, earlier last Monday (Dec. 10), German railway workers launched a strike.

The German Railway and Transport Federation called for a warning strike after negotiations with the German Federal Railway Corporation failed on a pay increase. The strike, which began early Monday morning, resulted in the suspension of long-distance passenger and freight rail transport across Germany, forcing commuters to switch to other means of transport on Monday. According to the German Social Equality Party (SGP), due to the impact of the German railway strike, many German workers began to take a keen interest in the yellow vest protest movement initiated by France. Last Saturday (December 15), Munichs yellow vest protest was the best proof.

It is not only Germany that is interested in the French yellow vest, but Belgiums yellow vest protest is a step ahead. According to French local media France 24, on December 8, the yellow vest in Brussels, Belgium, took to the streets and threw paving stones, road signs, fireworks, flares and other items at the police to prevent them from entering the office of Prime Minister Charles Michel and the seat of Parliament.

According to France 24, both the French and Belgian governments are increasing fuel costs. In Europe, Belgians pay the highest diesel tax. A few days ago, the French government just announced concessions to the fuel tax adjustment plan, while Belgium has made similar efforts to announce that fuel prices will not be linked to the index in 2019. But protests continue in both countries.

Media analysis shows that the spontaneous response of European countries to the Yellow vest campaign exposes the financial distress of low-income families in Europe, and how European governments will solve the problem is the focus of future attention.

Source: Daily Economic News Responsible Editor: Han Jiapeng_NN9841