This morning I heard an interview with a german politician in the DLF (Deutschlandfunk) and he said something like

Germany is already contributing 1/3 of the whole EU budget.

when asked, why he does not support the idea of the Euro bonds.

The podcast of this can be found here

Is this true? Does Germany really contribute 1/3 of the EU budget?

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    Sorry for the downvote but the answer could be found by entering "EU budget" in a search machine and reading the top hit...
    – DevSolar
    May 9, 2017 at 8:57
  • @DevSolar I am totally fine with this. Could've done this before ;) May 9, 2017 at 9:06
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    -1 That link goes 'nowhere': a list of all past podcasts
    – user22865
    May 9, 2017 at 11:54

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What exactly do you consider a state's "contribution"? Absolute payment? Net payment, substracting the payments the state receives in regional support, as part of the Common Agricultural Policy etc.?

But judging by the readily available numbers, the answer would be:

Germany does NOT contribute 1/3 of the whole EU budget.

But it is the primary contributor, at a bit over 22% for the 2014 budget, after contributing slightly under 20% in 2007-2013.

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    I do not even know what he meant, I just thought this was impossible. Your answer was exactly what I was looking for May 9, 2017 at 8:51
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    Looking at the net contribution of the 10 countries, which actually pay more than they get back in subsidies and investment support (numbers from 2014), Germany actually covers about 36% (17,658.5 of 49,612.2 million €). May 9, 2017 at 18:00
  • @Tor-EinarJarnbjo: But that is not what "contributing to the budget" means, is it? That would be "net payment" or something along those lines; the budget is higher, and those countries getting more than they pay are still contributing to it.
    – DevSolar
    Jun 7, 2017 at 8:07

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