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  • THE ENVY OF YOUR DECADES, BUT NO

  • LONGER ARE THE COUNTRY IS

  • OFFICIALLY IN RECESSION.

  • IT'S PEOPLE ARE LOSING

  • CONFIDENCE.

  • MUCH OF THE CURRENT TROUBLES

  • HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY THE WAR IN

  • UKRAINE, WITH GERMANY TURNING

  • HIS BACK ON RUSSIA, ITS FORMER

  • TRADING PARTNER.

  • OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

  • REPORTS FROM BERLIN.

  • >> THIS IS THE FACE OF THE NEW

  • FOUR IN GERMANY.

  • OUT OF EMBARRASSMENT, SHE DOES

  • NOT GIVE A SURNAME.

  • >> I NEVER, EVER THOUGHT IT

  • WOULD COME TO THIS.

  • I WORKED IN THIS COUNTRY AND

  • RAISED THREE CHILDREN.

  • I BOUGHT MY OWN HOUSE.

  • I WOULD'VE NEVER SEEN MYSELF IN

  • THIS SITUATION.

  • >> SHE IS A HAIRDRESSER.

  • FROM ONE OF THE PROVINCES IN

  • EASTERN UKRAINE OCCUPIED BY

  • RUSSIAN FORCES.

  • OVER A MILLION UKRAINIAN

  • REFUGEES HAVE TAKEN SHELTER IN

  • GERMANY SINCE THE WAR BEGAN.

  • >> FOOD IS VERY EXPENSIVE HERE.

  • I CAN BUY MEAT.

  • >> IN THIS COUNTRY OF 88 MILLION

  • , NEARLY 2 MILLION GERMANS ARE

  • RUN -- DEPENDED ON FOOD BANKS.

  • >> AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR

  • , WE HAD UP TO A HUNDRED 20

  • HOUSEHOLDS.

  • IT CAN BE ONE PERSON OR A FAMILY

  • WITH TWO ADULTS AND FOUR OR FIVE

  • CHILDREN AREA THE UKRAINE WAR

  • HAS VIRTUALLY DOUBLED THAT.

  • WE ARE NOW AT 200 HOUSEHOLDS.

  • >> I AM ASHAMED TO BE HERE.

  • THIS IS THE BOTTOM LAYER OF

  • SOCIETY.

  • WITHOUT -- BUT NOW THERE ARE

  • SOME THE MIDDLE-CLASS PEOPLE

  • HERE INCLUDING ME.

  • >> FOOD BANKS LIKE THIS ONE ARE

  • REAL INDICATION OF POVERTY AND

  • ONE OF THE RICHEST COUNTRIES IN

  • THE WORLD.

  • THERE ARE 14 MILLION PEOPLE

  • CONSIDERED TO BE IN POVERTY AREA

  • THAT IS ONE IN SIX OF THE

  • POPULATION.

  • >> GERMAN CITIZENS ARE IN A

  • STATE OF SHOCK OR THE

  • EXPECTATION WAS THAT AFTER THE

  • ENDEMIC WE WOULD RETURN TO

  • MAXIMUM EMPLOYMENT AND STRONG

  • WAGES.

  • HIGH COMPETITIVENESS WITH OTHER

  • ECONOMIES WORLDWIDE.

  • NOW PEOPLE REALIZE IT WILL NEVER

  • BE THAT WAY AGAIN.

  • >> HE IS ONE OF GERMANY'S MOST

  • RESPECTED ECONOMISTS.

  • HE SAYS THE NATIONS ECONOMY IS

  • NOW AT A TIPPING WEIGHT.

  • >> PEOPLE WORRIED ABOUT JOBS,

  • WHAT THEY ACHIEVED IN THE PAST.

  • THE FIRST SIGN OF THAT IS HIGH

  • IN RATION.

  • MOST PEOPLE ARE INCREASING --

  • EXPERIENCING A MASSIVE CUT IN

  • THEIR PURCHASING POWER.

  • >> I SHOP MORE CONSCIOUSLY.

  • I ALWAYS MAKE A PLAN AT THE

  • BEGINNING OF THE WEEK ABOUT WHAT

  • I'M GOING TO END AND THEN I GO

  • SHOPPING.

  • OTHERWISE THERE ARE IMPULSE

  • PURPOSES IN BETWEEN.

  • I AVOID THOSE NOW.

  • >> THIS IS A COSTLY REMINDER

  • THAT THE SOURCE OF THEIR

  • PROBLEMS ARE THE MONUMENTS

  • COMMEMORATING THE RED ARMY THAT

  • HELP THE NAZIS IN WORLD WAR II.

  • OUTSIDE THE RUSSIAN EMBASSY,

  • UKRAINIAN FOLK MUSIC PLAYS AS A

  • PROTEST AGAINST AN INVASION THAT

  • HAS INCREASED INFLATION AND

  • STRIPPED GERMANY OF ITS

  • DEFENSIVE CAPACITY.

  • POLITICIANS INSIST THAT GERMANY

  • IS RESOLUTE IN ITS SUPPORT FOR

  • UKRAINE.

  • BUT SOME BEG TO DIFFER.

  • >> THEY ARE SAYING THAT THINGS

  • ARE GETTING MORE EXPENSIVE.

  • THAT IS THE MAIN WAY.

  • THEY WOULD GLADLY GIVE UKRAINE

  • TO THE RUSSIANS.

  • THEY CERTAINLY DO NOT WANT TO

  • GIVE MORE MONEY THAN THEY ARE

  • ALREADY GIVING.

  • >> HE HAS LIVED IN BERLIN FOR

  • DECADES.

  • HE HAS WRITTEN NEARLY A THOUSAND

  • BOOKS IN GERMAN.

  • >> THEY WANT A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF

  • PROSPERITY.

  • IF YOU THREATEN TO TAKE IT AWAY,

  • THAT IS WHEN YOU TURN AWAY THE

  • PEOPLE.

  • MIGRANTS CAME IN AND THEY WERE

  • REALLY AFRAID OF LOSING

  • PROSPERITY.

  • THAT IS WHEN ALL THE MORALS WENT

  • OUT THE WINDOW.

  • >> TODAY THE BRANDENBURG GATE IS

  • SYMBOLIC OF THE COUNTRY'S

  • CURRENT DIVISIONS.

  • >> GERMANS ARE RATHER FRAYED

  • BECAUSE REMEMBERING THE SECOND

  • WORLD WAR STILL VERY PRESENT IN

  • THE COLLECTIVE MEMORY.

  • >> PROPAGANDA PICTURES WITH

  • WHICH DETERMINES HOPE TO PROVE

  • THEMSELVES UNBEATABLE.

  • >> EVERYONE HAD A GRANDFATHER

  • WHO WAS IN THE WAR.

  • >> WE HAVE NOW STABBED INTO THE

  • TERRITORY OF OUR ALLY.

  • WE ARE FAR FROM ACHIEVING THE

  • OBJECT, THE DESTRUCTION OF THE

  • RED ARMY.

  • >> THIS IS SOMETHING GERMANS ARE

  • AWARE OF.

  • THEY ARE REALLY OF WAY THAT THIS

  • COULD HAPPEN AGAIN.

  • >> OF COURSE THE SOVIETS OF LAW

  • -- LOST TANKS, HUNDREDS OF THEM.

  • >> HE IS ONE OF GERMANY'S

  • LEADING DEFENSE ANALYST.

  • HE SAYS THE NATION IS ALARMED AT

  • HOW SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE HAS

  • ERODED CAPABILITIES.

  • >> OFFICIALLY AND BENEFICIALLY,

  • THE GERMAN FORCES ARE NOT IN

  • POSITION TO FIGHT A REAL WAR AT

  • THE MOMENT.

  • >> HOW LONG COULD GERMANY DEFEND

  • ITSELF IF THERE WAS A HOT OR?

  • >> -- WAR?

  • >> GERMANY WOULD HAVE A REAL

  • PROBLEM WITH HAVING THAT

  • AMMUNITION.

  • CERTAIN TYPES OF AMMUNITION.

  • THIS WOULD MEAN THAT GERMANY

  • WOULD HAVE TO RELY ON ALLIES.

  • >> DESPITE DEFENSE, GERMANY'S

  • MOST PRESSING CONCERN IS ENERGY.

  • THE NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS ARE

  • BEING SHUT DOWN.

  • >> IN THE LONG-TERM, NUCLEAR

  • POWER IS NOT THE TECHNOLOGY OF

  • WHICH ARE.

  • BUT IT WOULD'VE BEEN GOOD TO

  • RELY ON IT NOW.

  • >> GERMANY IS NOW IMPORTING

  • HIGHER-PRICED NATURAL GAS.

  • THE GREEN ENERGY RESOURCES ARE

  • NOT SUFFICIENT TO FILL THE GAP.

  • >> WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS BE

  • COURAGEOUS AND INNOVATIVE.

  • WE NEED TO SAVE ENERGY AND WE

  • NEED TO INVEST IN RENEWABLES.