No more cucumbers in Germany?How does inflation affect the lives of ordinary people

2022-06-02 0 By

Inflation in the euro zone, including Germany, continues to rise, defying many economists’ expectations of a significant fall by the end of 2021. On Wednesday, Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency, announced that inflation in the euro zone hit 5.1% in January, the highest since 1997.Two days earlier, Germany reported its inflation rate for January, which also hit 4.9 per cent.The lack of an upturn in inflation has renewed pessimism among economists.In Germany, for example, economist Volker Wieland expects inflationary pressures to increase further this year, with inflation likely to average around 4 per cent for the year.Both actual statistics and economists’ forecasts describe inflation as cold numbers.For ordinary people, the direct reflection of inflation is soaring prices.According to xiaobian observation, two years ago, the price of a cucumber in a German supermarket was only about 0.5 euro. Now, the price of a cucumber in a fair-price supermarket has risen to 1.79 euro. No wonder friends around are feeling that “Germany has no freedom of cucumbers”.However, whether they complain or joke about it, many people still believe that as long as they “tighten their belts”, the days of inflation will seem to pass and the current soaring prices will not seriously affect ordinary people’s lives.A street interview with Bild, however, may change that view: some people’s lives have changed in the current inflation wave.Bring photo source:Christa Peters, a 76-year-old retiree, says inflation has forced her to save 150 euros a month by moving from a three-bedroom apartment to a two-bedroom one.”I can’t go on a shopping spree in town. When I want to buy clothes, I have to buy the stuff on the brochures.”The desire to shop is fading not only among the old but also among the young.Siney Tamo, a 31-year-old office worker from Reutlingen, admitted that shopping was no longer a regular activity. “It can take months.”She has also been forced to dismiss the idea of a holiday, saying: “I have to have a side job.”One Dortmund pensioner said he receives 1,100 euros a month, of which 450 goes to rent. “I used to be a baker, but now I can’t afford eggs anymore,” he said.As prices soar, some people are forced to give up hobbies, while others are forced to take up hobbies: Ayfer Dogruel, a homemaker in Hamburg, said she has stopped ordering pizza for her family. “Now we knead the dough at home.”Many also said they had decided to go out less, buy more second-hand goods and even eat less.Obviously, the sustained period of inflation has made their lives much worse.If prices continue to rise, as economists predict, it may not be impossible for ordinary people to make ends meet.If so, inflation will become a serious livelihood problem.It seems that the Scholz administration should also put an “inflation summit” on its agenda, in addition to the anti-pandemic summit.Yesterday, Christoph Ploß, a CDU member of parliament, called on the prime minister to take responsibility: “Tackling soaring prices must be a top priority.”Plo also suggested that Scholz convene an “inflation summit” of business, academics and politicians…Reproduced from the public account GermanReport