Jul 11, 2020
Coronavirus: Thrifty Germany takes on debt to rescue arts
The German government has set aside more than €1bn to protect the arts - in addition to a furlough scheme and grants for freelancers. Arguably, Germany's cultural life was, compared with other countries, relatively well insulated against the corona crisis. "Compared with other countries we have good cultural infrastructure, and it's nice to have that infrastructure, but everyone takes it for granted." The coronavirus crisis has led Germany into new territory. For the first time in years, its government is taking on new debt to keep the country going, and that includes its culture.
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