A 200-Billion-Euro Waste Why Germany Is Failing to Boost Its Birth Rate

Germany spends more on families than most European countries, but its birth rate is falling. A government-commissioned study seen by SPIEGEL argues most of the money is being wasted. Instead of complicated benefits and tax breaks, the government urgently needs to invest in preschools.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
Germany dumps hundreds of billions of euros into its family policy each year, but it isn't paying off, with the number of births continuing to shrink.

Germany dumps hundreds of billions of euros into its family policy each year, but it isn't paying off, with the number of births continuing to shrink.

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