SPIEGEL ONLINE: "A 200-Billion-Euro Waste: Why Germany Is Failing to Boost Its Birth Rate" | "GE" | Global Economy - Küresel Ekonomi |

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.


A study commissioned by the German government has reached a damning verdict on the country's efforts to boost its low birth rate, saying billions of euros are being wasted on complex benefits and tax breaks that are largely ineffective and in some cases counterproductive.