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A recent report claiming that administrative municipalities need a population of at least 13,000 – 15,000 if they are to be viable over the long term has reinvigorated the jaded debate on communal reform in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
In the German Pavilion at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, Germany has taken the opportunity to showcase its multifaceted and enterprising policies and presents itself as a nation that is future-orientated and has a taste for innovation but which, at the same time, knows how to value its roots and its heritage.
Demographics describe, analyse and explain population structures, i.e. the composition of the population from groups, which vary due to specific characteristics such as age, gender or nationality and demographics also forecast their future development.
The economic crisis has torn deep holes in the public funds of the Rhineland-Palatinate local authorities in the first three quarters. Compared to the previous year, local authority tax revenue sank by around 435 million EUR or 18 percent.
According to the November tax assessment, public authorities will collectively earn almost 320 billion less by 2012; for the local authorities this is over 40 billion EUR or around 18 percent of their tax revenue. The consequence for Bochum: “catastrophic” – according to City Treasurer Manfred Busch.