Beer and pretzels on ash Wednesday

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DEMMIN – Packed Bavarian beer halls, heavy nestlings and of course trees with pretzels on the wooden tables. A crowd of happy drunken Germans, fat men in Lederhose, blonde women in Dirndl, plus a political leader that the competition publicly ridiculed. As the lifecycle of a typical ash Wednesday at our eastern neighbours.

But the times have since the turbulence in Berlin has changed. Angela Merkel (CDU) knows that her legs sawn, her SPD colleague Martin Schulz was already the pension is submitted and the Bavarian prime minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has lost also its function.

And so tankte Merkel Wednesday night power in the East German Demmin, in the middle of her sparsely populated constituency. In a bald tennis ball she wore a stunningly beautiful wooded blazer and her favourite Deutschland-chain, in the well known black-red-gold colors. Joking Merkel; they know how careful they have been with party members, coalition partners, and even political opponents must be used cautiously.

Her audience consisted of about a thousand Prussian pakkendragers. “Politicians must serve”, has lectured Merkel. And they parafraseerde Kennedy: “It’s not just about what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country!”

The daughter preached that people ” not with the head through the wall had to walk, but their minds have to use and serve primarily to listen and respect others’. Perhaps a hint to our hysterical media and Donald Trump.

Nearly a thousand kilometers away, to the South-German border triangle of Passau, bellowed on the other hand the upcoming Bavarian prime minister Markus Söder (CSU) in a hall with six thousand bierdrinkende, blue and white flags waving, and singing Lederhose-fans. According to him it was a ’big mistake’ the nationalist Alternative für Deutschland, the right wing of the conservatives to award.

The in a brown Janker jacket with a mosgroene das put Söder compared Merkel with a ’sleepwalker’ and closed with an undisguised threat. “We need to get back to the boss about the Stammtisch!”, he cried under prolonged applause.

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