By Uli Gellermann.
The well-known German parliamentary world has collapsed: „That there are no more majorities in the middle“, called the Thuringian CDU top candidate Mike Mohring on election night desperately and found a lot of approval. The „taz“, the paper with the progressive coating: „Ramelow is the middle“, provided a nice resonance. What was meant was the Thuringian Prime Minister of the LEFT, the unfortunate election winner without the prospect of a government, because his partners from the SPD and the Greens had not received enough votes.
For decades, the most central of all centres was the grand coalition of the Federal Republic, the core of which was reliably formed by the CDU and SPD, but which also liked to decorate itself with the FDP or the Greens. Rather less often, but again and again, the Left Party was also allowed to get a taste of government air at the state level. New at the parliamentary feed troughs, filled with salaries and official cars, was the AfD. Although they fulfilled a basic condition for an official career in Germany with unbreakable loyalty to NATO, its appearance reminds too much of the march of brown columns: It still sells badly, especially since the German export world champion also enjoys dealing with those countries that not so long ago got to know German troops better.
Sometimes, after the second, third beer, the SED hosts also sang the „Rennsteig song“, the secret anthem of the Thuringians. It might alienate the guest from the West when the comrades sang of a „wide world“ in which they then grasped a „desire“ for the „Thuringian Forest“ and its „little birds“. The intimate singing showed that below the propagated internationalism there was still that feeling of home that gave the base to the national feeling. That feeling that you hold on to when everything becomes ever stranger and more anonymous: The cold call centers to ward off customers, the anglicisms as a cheap substitute for language, the shisha bar instead of the corner pub. The alienating feeling of a change in one’s home country can be handled sensibly if one feels socially secure.