Germany: Uproar in Germany over the 777 million euro chancellery expansion – Photos

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Germany: Uproar in Germany over the 777 million euro chancellery expansion – Photos

“The plan does not fit these times,” said Taxpayers’ Association president Rainer Holznagel and called on Chancellor Olaf Solz to “show some respect” to citizens.

The expansion plans of building her chancellery, cost of 777 million euroscause sensation and comments, as the government asks citizens every day to apply “moderation” in their daily lives and save as much energy as possible.

According to Focus magazine, the chancellor’s seat is already about eight times the size of the White House in Washington, ten times the size of Downing Street in London and three times the size of the Champs Elysees palace in Paris. The expansion plans foresee that the 25,347 sq.m. they will double, reaching 50,000 sq.m., while the cost, from the initial budget of 456.8 million euros, will rise to 777 million. The 60% increase in construction costs is not so much due to inflation, Focus points out, as to the change of plans by the new tenants. The new building, which will be erected in the chancellery garden, will have space for 400 offices and nine atriums, over five floors.

The construction cost amounts to 31,517 euros per square meter. More than 14 million euros will cost only the glazing, to protect the building from the sun and for the installation that will allow the cleaning of the windows, while 10 million will be spent on the construction of a new helipad and 2.8 million on the creation of daycare center for 12-15 children. According to the Court of Auditors, the amount corresponds to three times the cost of a normal daycare center. The plans, which were originally approved by the previous government and have now been revised, also include a 250 sq m apartment for the chancellor.

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More than 200 large trees around the chancellery will have to be felled, with work to begin in December. The new building should be delivered by 2028.

“The plan does not fit these times,” said the president of the Taxpayers’ Association, Rainer Holznagel, and called on Chancellor Olaf Solz to “show some respect” to the citizens, while BILD in its comment spoke of a “crazy plan”, to spend nobody so much money in the midst of the worst crisis in the post-war era. Focus magazine describes the plan as “disgusting” and Left MP Gezine Letts scathingly notes that “the fact that the government can’t build the 100,000 new homes it has promised but apparently has no problem building a second giant chancellery in little time, it says a lot about the governing coalition: we all need to tighten our belts except the chancellor and his associates.”

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