How’d you like to score a good job as an engineer or a doctor, or, hell, a mid-to-high-level building manager, and suddenly start paying 42% income tax? How’d you like to be a working schmoe making minimum, and have to pay 19% sales tax?
Yeah. I wouldn’t, either, and the Germans are voting with their feet.
With Merkel’s government effectively one in name only, and the utter paralysis of Grand Coalitions in a parliamentary system, it’s not getting better any time soon. Germany’s at the “eggs gotta get broke” stage, and the problem with parliamentary democracy is that unless you’ve got a Koizumi who can stare down his own party while persuading the electorate… no eggs are going get broken.