The term “expropriation” is being misused.
The issue is actually about socialization of buildings – and this is expressly permitted according to Article 15 of Germany’s Basic Law. Just because a serious debate is underway on how we can create affordable housing in the future, we should not immediately declare a state of emergency. When, for example, a motorway is built, we don't all get squeamish about being dispossessed. Rather in such cases, a farmer gets deprived of his farmland so that we can squeeze our Porsches onto the road.
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