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The Federal Government plans–according to a report of the “Leipziger Volkszeitung"–a substantial expansion of the tsunami assistance for south Asia, increasing aid up to a half billion euro. Germany would then be the largest donor country, passing Japan and the U.S.
Berlin has previously said the current pledge of 20 million euro would be revised upward.
According to Leipziger Volkszeitung, up to 500 million euro is to be made available for the reconstruction of the destroyed infrastructure. This is to be decided in the special meeting of the cabinet on Wednesday.
A government spokesman did not confirm the report, but referred to the cabinet meeting.
spiegel.de (original German article)
Originally posted by Montana
I don't think anyone gives a flying rat's ... if the nations are Muslim or not. Those of us who are donating are doing so because PEOPLE are hurting and do not ask religious questions.
Germany says it is increasing its aid pledge tsunami victims to more than 500m euros (£352m or $661m).
This makes Germany the biggest European donor to the relief effort for Asian countries hit by the disaster.
Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said his country was ready to increase its pledge from £75m ($100m or 53m euros) to several hundred million....
In the list of major donors, Germany is second only to Australia, which announced that it was planning to provide A$1bn ($764m or £406m or 577 m euros).
Germany is followed by followed by Japan which has pledged $500m (£266m or 378m euros), followed by the US with $350m (£186m or 264m euros) and Norway with $181m (£96m or 136m euros).
The World Bank has pledged $250m (£133m or 189m euros).
Almost all EU members, including many eastern European governments, have allocated millions of dollars to help countries in the disaster zone.
Germany is also the leader in private donations, having collected more than a third of the world's total.
It is followed by Britain where private donations exceed government pledges by almost 50%.