This is the summary of a lengthy article in Germany‘s left(ish) daily die tageszeitung, taz in early October to commemorate the unification of Germany on 3 October 1990. The author compares the food of several European capitals with that in Berlin and muses about how the people in Paris were dressed better than the inhabitants of Germany’s capital, while the water in Berlin was not smelling and tasting of chlorine. Of course, after living abroad the author returns home with a different vision of Germany that is not shared by his compatriots who had not the chance or did not want to live abroad, whatever the reason.There is something in this article that could be misleading. First, it has been printed in the wrong paper! This kind of propaganda normally is published in papers such as Die Welt, Der Spiegel or others that share conservative values and praise Germany’s performance during the latest crises. Secondly, it was written by some one who has just returned to Germany after living abroad, thus seeing almost exclusively the positive sides of Germany such as social security, a liberal society. The author ignores that the situation in Germany is not particularly rosy, it just depends which papers and media channels are being digested. If for instance the author would have read the Nachdenkseiten, he would certainly have a very different image of Germany and boast about things such as chlorine free water in Berlin or safe public transport for his children. His image would be of a government that is not sure what to do about the ‘Euro-crisis’ and how to deal with the fact that socially Germany is drifting apart so much so that it is correct by one commentator to note that Germany has reached breaking point and sooner rather than later something will snap.
This article therefore has been written a bit too early. Maybe an update after a year would portray a very different image of Germany but this article alone is not displaying the correct truth about the author’s home country.