5 MOMENTS IN GERMAN POLITICS / BEST OF 2013

What is a Vote?

I was walking to the place where I was supposed to cast my vote for this year‘s Bundestagswahl, it was a splendid September morning, and my daughter insisted to understand why I chose not to vote – I tried to explain that I think the system is somewhat fucked and that it was a conscious and very political decision not to take part in something that I believe is flawed; but I realized that this is not very convincing to a six-year-old.
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Who is Angela Merkel?

I was heading towards the restaurant Neumann’s with the Indian writer Pankaj Mishra, the place is close to the Berliner Hauptbahnhof and the CDU of the district of Moabit was holding their election party there – when we passed the huge campaign poster for Merkel showing nothing but her hands folded in this strange rombus gesture, no words, no message, just this symbol of strength, this is how Pankaj described it; when we arrived at Neumann‘s it turned out the the owner was Indian, which was a nice surprise.
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Where is the Future?

At the Accelerationist Congress in December the hunt was on to find out where and when the Left had lost its mojo – and the very convincing answer was that it was when the idea of the future was forgotten, so essential to any change: Because without future there is no horizon, and you need a horizon to know where you are headed; so we are stuck in the seemingly endless present.

What is the Sound of Politics?

It was a good idea, to read the contract the grand coalition between the CDU/CSU and the SPD had agreed upon after the September election: An eighty-percent-government, really close to a Volkskongress – and just listening to the nonsensical way this politicians drafting the contract use language to mask reality was an act of protest against a political class unwilling or unable to communicate in a grown-up manner; democracy is replaced by tautology.

Would You Do the Same?

Edward-Snowden

Edward Snowden is the man who changed the way we perceive freedom, the West, security, technology, the United States, governments, privacy, Germany, the world for that matter – he may very well be a Mandela with prescription glasses, a hero for our time.

 

Georg Diez is a columnist at Spiegel Online and co-founder of 60 Pages.