German Engineering

One of the more ridiculous examples of unsupported reputation is that of German efficiency and engineering competence. As a helpful counter point I present to you this. Yes Germany is unable to even pour concrete that lasts for a few years or in cold weather.

That said it was self inflicted, if the report is correct and the blocks were hollow they were just asking for trouble. Frankly given that they (somehow) spunked €25 million on it I really would have expected solid concrete blocks, it really shouldn’t have cost that much more, indeed may have been cheaper.

Either way it’s another unfortunate chapter in the be-cursed life of the monument, though I doubt they’ll manage to top the first and greatest cock-up; when picking the supplier of the anti-graffiti coating they somehow managed to end up with Degussa, a company with an unfortunate past.


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