Saturday, August 10, 2013

About Pie Distribution in Liechtenstein

Photo: Elma Korac / Liechtensteiner
Vaterland /
It seems that it wasn't only Prince Hans-Adam II's turn to give an interview ahead of National Day but also that of his son. Hereditary Prince Alois, who has been his father's regent for a couple of years, gave an interview to Liechtenstein's other big newspaper, Liechtensteiner Vaterland, in which he talks about a lot of pie. No, not what you think. (Or what I think that you think.)

In the interview, the Hereditary Prince claims that "only if we are baking smaller pies* now, we will be able to bake any pies and distribute them in the future" adding that "there's always a battle for a share of the pie, no matter how big it is and how much can be distributed. In the past few years, we were able to give large pieces of pie per capita by comparison to other countries and we were able to afford things that others could only dream of." (Whew, that's a lot of pie for one interview, it seems that someone likes a good figure of speech.)

Breaking it down, even Liechtenstein, one of the richest countries in the world, has to be pennywise these days in order to restructure their state budget. Higher taxes and an increase of the health insurance contributions are to come. "In the future, we will need to bake smaller pies. I hope that the population understands that."

The entire interview will be published in the print edition of the newspaper next week ahead of the national holiday.

[* That's the German-language proverbial take on eating the English humble pie.]

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