Published on October 13, 2021 Author : Nancy (Admin) Mewe of respondent: Christian Bredlow
Question: I would like to have your point of view on the current political situation in Germany? I was asked about my view. The political situation in Germany — But I tend to say: there is none. Similar to many countries around the world, national politics currently presents itself to me as more of a local sideshow to a global movement. There are hardly any significant differences in the demands of the political parties. And if there are nuances, they are largely irrelevant in practice. Decisions fundamental to the population are taken behind closed doors and announced on a weekly or fortnightly basis, without much political shades being discernible. Instead, people often look to developments abroad because their experience is that they can expect something similar for themselves. It looks like a homogeneous world politics on sight.
Chancellor Merkel has cultivated the policy of visual flight for years. Changing fundamental party positions in the blink of an eye, promoting the new position as the only alternative. From „nuclear power — absolutely“ to „never“, minimum wage from „never“ to „absolutely“, the same for mass immigration. Without any resistance worth mentioning. The inconvenient heads have been removed from party offices for years. And similar phenomena could be observed in other parties and the media. It is no longer a question of competing fundamental blocs in my eyes. It rather is, increasingly for years already, an overall system that only collectively advertises its sudden changes of course.
I don't think I have ever observed so little discussion about elections as I have recently. One of the governing parties is now probably changing two new coalition partners, but it is rather clear to most people that it has no relevance whatsoever to the politics ahead. One of these substituted minor parties, the liberal democratic FDP, has surely even been elected by most in the hope of more freedom. Now they can be seen negotiating the distribution of offices in a cosy trinity with the green prohibition party and the red party, which has so far been in coalition with Merkel. And I think the last critical voters are turning away from politics in disillusionment now.
But the people are an essential part of a normal political system. And they are largely confused in my eyes. Some try to justify the political decisions, others criticise. But hardly any talks are possible between the two groups. Often both behave more like followers of religious cults. In conversations with people who want to avoid enmity for various reasons, discussion of the political situation is often avoided altogether. Go to any social media, and you’ll find the same everywhere, I suppose.