“Mommy Merkel”: How the Chancellor Paralyzed German Politics

Deutschland schafft sich ab (Germany Does Itself In) -- Thilo Sarrazin(…..) General public, too, has remained calm, just as Merkel likes it, and no one seems to be able to come up with much reason to protest against her. There is no particular enthusiasm for Merkel, but rather paralyzed consent. People sit at home and read “Landlust”, a magazine that has achieved enormous success by telling stories about rural living and domestic bliss. The country Merkel has created must remind her a bit of her first home, the GDR, which was Biedermeier in the form of a country. Of course, Federal Republic of Germany is much freer than the GDR was. But this freedom, which is first and foremost the freedom to express disagreement, currently goes largely unutilized. It is interesting that the most significant novel to come out of the Merkel era is a book about the GDR, Uwe Tellkamp’s “Der Turm” (“The Tower”). Tellkamp describes a morbid, bourgeois world in the eastern city of Dresden in which politics per force play very little role and, ultimately, it is the city’s beautiful buildings, crumbling, but all the homier for it, that set the mood. Add in Leipzig School movement, which continues to set the tone for German painting, “The Lives of Others” as Germany’s most prominent recent contribution to filmmaking, and GDR proves astonishingly influential in Germany’s art scene today. Politically, however, GDR no longer has anything to say to us. It was an error of history, now irrelevant. Even Sahra Wagenknecht, German politician from the far-left Left Party, whose communist ideas seem to be buoyed by capitalism’s crises, says she wouldn’t return to GDR’s political system. Interest in East Germany may also be explained by the widespread notion that things would be much more relaxing in absence of politics. In that sense, Merkel is working to build a “tower” for everyone, a sheltered place of calm, a homey home, and Germans as a whole don’t seem opposed to the idea. This general quiet also has to do with the fact Merkel and her ministers have so far managed to spare the country from unpleasant consequences of the financial crisis. Unlike in Southern Europe, where enormous numbers of people are now unemployed, in Germany, the economy is growing and incomes are rising. This is commendable, but it also has something of a chauvinistic approach to it. The re-nationalization of politics is one of Angela Merkel Era’s truly significant changes. The chancellor does not fundamentally reject solidarity with Germany’s European partners, but she does set limits. There won’t be eurobonds under Merkel. Merkel’s policies could even be described as expansionary. She would like for other countries to adopt Germany’s standards of stability and efficiency, allowing Europe as a whole to become more competitive. That way, Merkel figures, Germany as a major power in Europe would be able to preserve its influence in world. It’s been a long time since German politician dared to have so much national ambition. And this attitude is well received by the general public. For many Germans, “Mommy” Merkel is the defender of their homeland against the world (…..)

Link: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/how-chancellor-angela-merkel-has-paralyzed-german-politics-a-900330.html


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