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German Culture

-derived from organizational pillars
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Christin Lappe

on 15 October 2013

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Article 1
[Human dignity – Human rights – Legally binding force of basic rights]
(1) Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state authority.
(2) The German people therefore acknowledge inviolable and inalienable human rights as the basis of every community, of peace and of justice in the world.
(3) The following basic rights shall bind the legislature, the executive and the judiciary as directly applicable law.
Welfare Reform
Article 2 Section 2 Every person shall have the
right to life and physical integrity
(...)
Immigration
Article 3 Section 3
No
person shall be
favoured or disfavoured
because of sex, parentage, race, language,
homeland and origin
, faith, or religious or political opinions (...)
The German Welfare State
Artice 20 Section 1
The Federal Republic of Germany is a
democratic and social
federal state
German Culture
Derivation from organizational pillars
reliable
cold
straight-forward
secretive
forward-thinking
honest
safe
secure
hard-working
private
formal
respectful
wealthy
Hartz IV
Combination of unemployment benefits and welfare benefits
Objective: fundamental improvement of job services / development of new job possibilities

Goal: avoidance of unemployment + rapid integration of long-term unemployed and unemployed
Most popular place to live in the European Union
Approx.. 600.000 people are re-emigrate annually but there are more people who immigrate each year
Increase in the number of illegal immigrants ( increase of 18,6%)
Your Turn
Question 1
Question 2
Question 3
Question 4
Question 5
Question 6
Suzanna from Slovkia comments on the German humour. What do you think she said?
A1: Germans are very moody and can't laugh about themselves.
A2: I think Germans are much happier than they think.
A1: I rarely get to know somebody at German parties. People come in small groups and they also go as such.
A2: It is easy to get to know people at German parties. You are immediately accepted even though you are a stranger.
A1: Germans are tremendously busy. They never have time to live life.
A2: Time in Germany is not running, it is moving in slow curves.
Any Questions?
Total number of foreign people in Germany:
6. 930. 896 people

Distribution is different in each region
Foreigners living in Germany have the right of social benefits!
Public ≠ Private
Standard rate since 2013: 382 € per full-aged single a month
+
adequate housing and health care
Who is excluded?

People who are not available for the job market
People under 15 or over 65 years old
People who aren't employable
People who don't have their habitual residence in Germany
EU inhabitants, who are coming to Germany and looking for work
Applicants for asylum
Basic security benefit for employable people and derelicts
German Basic Law
References
The Italian exchange student talks about German parties. What did she say?
The Chinese Rong comments the German sense of timing. What do you think she said?
- established January 2005
Basic Principles
- the principle of compulsory insurance
- The principle of financing through contributions
- The principle of self-government
- The principle of solidarity
The five branches of social insurance:
- Statutory unemployment insurance
- Statutory pension insurance
- Statutory health insurance
- Statutory accident insurance
- Statutory long-term care insurance
-> safe and sound
-> forward-thinking
-> prepared for possible outcomes
Homeless people – estimation: 22.000 people
There is no traditional way to be homeless in Germany
Homeless people have the right to get social benefits

Feeling of safety and respect

Approx. 6,1 mill adults and children live in a Hart
z
IV househould
-Germany: one of the richest countries in European Union (Focus, 27.03.2013)

-Spiegel Online 15.04.2013
1,3 mill people need to add HartzIV to income even though they are working full-time

Very high administration effort (long process of requests)

Order and accuracy


-> Synonym for the class of non-working poor (tv programs in the afternoon)
(people are embarrassed, they are not the norm, values and norms reveal how “Germans” are : normally hard working)

Hartz IV is not an alternative – good example for children
strong will
History:
1919 – 1933: "Weimarer Verfassung" -> liberty and human dignity
1933: Nazis abrogate this constitution -> dictatorship
1949: new constitution -> emphasis on human rights and better structure of the government
protection of dignity
right to life
equality
freedom
guarantee of property
Immigration of Germans and foreigners from 1991 to 2011
Article 14 Section 1 Property and the right of inheritance shall be guaranteed. Their content and limits shall be defined by the laws.
Exchange student Roberto from Costa Rica talks about German girls. What do you think he said?
A1: German girls are way friendlier and more open-minded than girls from Costa Rica.
A2: It's difficult to meet German girls.
clearly defined what is ours

feeling of threats

-> harsh and distanced
Exchange student Leah from the U.S. writes about German guys. What do you think she said?
IMPOSSIBLE?
IM POSSIBLE!
A1: It takes a while to start a conversation with a German guy. They don't know how to flirt.
A2: At the beginning I was shocked because German guys are coming on pretty strong when it comes to flirting.
Ilja from Russia writes about German students. How do you think he sees them?
A1: Traveling and getting to know the world is more important to them than getting good grades.
A2: German students care a lot about their grades to get a good job later in life.
Eric Solsten, ed. (1995): Germany: A Country Study. Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress, http://countrystudies.us/germany/112.htm, (05/05/13)

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (2011): The Political System
http://www.bamf.de/EN/Willkommen/LebenInDeutschland/PolitischeRechtlicheOrdnung/politischerechtlicheordnung-node.html, (05/04/13)

German Social Insurance, http://www.deutsche-sozialversicherung.de/en/, (05/04/13)

Grimm, Dieter (2009): Identität und Wandel. Das Grundgesetz 1949 und heute, Veranstaltungsberichte: Audio, http://www.humanistische-union.de/veranstaltungen/2009/gg60/gg60_detail/back/gg60/article/identitaet-und-wandel-das-grundgesetz-1949-und-heute/, (05/04/13)

How to Germany (2013): Insurance in Germany, http://www.howtogermany.com/pages/insurance.html, (05/05/13)

Misdorf, Hans (2012): Die Entstehung des Grundgesetzes,
http://www.derweg.org/deutschland/geschichte/grundgesetz.html, (05/04/13)

Sommer-Guist, Christine (2008): Economy and Social Matters in Germany – Background, Goethe Institut, http://www.goethe.de/ges/soz/ein/en21967.htm, (05/05/13)
Fluter Magazine
http://www.bamf.de/
http://www.sozialleistungen.info/
http://www.sozialhilfe24.de/
http://www.focus.de
http://www.welt.de
http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/
Article 1
[Human dignity – Human rights – Legally binding force of basic rights]

(1) Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state authority.

(2) The German people therefore acknowledge inviolable and inalienable human rights as the basis of every community, of peace and of justice in the world.

(3) The following basic rights shall bind the legislature, the executive and the judiciary as directly applicable law
Federal State
Democracy
Constitutional State
Welfare State
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