Leave the prices alone!

Groceries and flights are said to be too cheap, rents too expensive. The state should find a solution for everything. Why should that be a good idea?

A kilogram of apples for 1.11 euros - is that allowed?

Mhe prices on the free market are seldom satisfied – that much is true. Free pricing has lost its popularity in Germany in recent years – that much is also true. It is best for the state to intervene directly in prices – such rates are new in Germany, but such positions are gaining in popularity. For example, seven out of ten Germans like the Berlin rent cap, as the opinion research institute Infratest Dimap has calculated for ARD.

Up to this point, public opinion is quickly explained: Germany is the country of tenants who worry about their own wallets at short notice. But while the rent shouldn’t be too expensive, the groceries shouldn’t be too cheap, if you please. In Germany they are two percent more expensive than the EU average. Likewise, the Germans spend only eleven percent of their income on food, but still more than people in other rich countries such as Switzerland and Great Britain. Nevertheless, last week’s demand was: high food prices! Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner had formulated this very gently in the FAS four weeks ago when she said: “Animal welfare costs money, the farming family cannot manage that alone.” The Greens are now tougher: Their chairman Robert Habeck wants minimum prices for food.