Kurzarbeit (engl. short work) is the angel-savior of Germany’s economy once again. Measures used during the 2008 crisis are coming once again into action but with a twist. Just for Berlin, they are opening a fund of 500 million euros for artists and freelances. Yes, you red that right, 500 million euros. And that’s only in Berlin. Germany is really stepping up it’s game and trying to be ahead of the curve.
How and what is gonna happen, only time will tell. The COVID-19 pandemic most definitely isn’t helping but Germany seems to step up their game to do the best they can to minimize the effects of the upcoming economic crisis as well as the current pandemic crisis.
Germany was one of the fastest recovering countries in the world when the recession hit us in 2008 / 2009. Let’s see if they can repeat and improve this time. For sure, the government is this time reacting much, much faster. Not only right on time but ahead of time reactions like this make the difference in saving the whole economy.
Moving to Berlin during COVID-19
Although I’m living in Berlin only for a month, I’ve learned so much about Berlin and Germany. But the interesting part is that I had to move during the pandemic situation so click here to see how that went. Keep in mind that this wasn’t a tourist trip to Berlin. I had to start working and had an apartment waiting for me. Finding an apartment in Berlin is really hard so keep that in mind.
500 million EUR to Artists and Freelancers: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/berlin-senate-bailout-process-1820982
Easier access to short-time work benefits: https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/kurzarbeitergeld-1729626
Short-time work allowance – information for employees: https://www.arbeitsagentur.de/finanzielle-hilfen/kurzarbeitergeld-arbeitnehmer
Kurzarbeit wikipedia: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurzarbeit
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