I wanted to write about things last week, but then I looked around, and found it all worthless.
We had an election here in Bavaria, and the results are pretty brutal, especially for the two parties that form the reigning coalition in Berlin. The next election will be in Hassia coming weekend, one may wonder what it will bring. Tremors should already be felt in Berlin, possibly in Brussels too, because there is a chance, as dim as it may be, that the æra Merkel comes to an end. Sooner or later this needs to occur, but I’d like to happen this in an organised & democratic way. Maybe I am just too pessimistic, but looking around in Europe does not especially cheer me up.
In a few months the UK will leave the European Union, but there is nothing on the table that deserves to be called a plan, and, frankly, I can not understand what happens in London. Everybody kicks everyone, it’s a happy backstabbing fest, no one seems to be seriously interested in a viable solution (with the possible exception of PM May) – does anybody believe that this performance is taken serious in Brussels or anywhere else ?
I think the consensus on the continent can be condensed in a long and nasty “PPfffftttt !”.
Meanwhile Hungary declares that it does not want to be an “open society” (Ger., Eng.), this is something alien & Western, un-Hungarian ; don’t know whether they said “foreign to the Hungarian species”, the German (nazi-)word is “artfremd”. And yes, their political head honcho declares that gender studies is not a science and hence banned from the universities’ curriculum : So much for academic freedom in the East.
But it is not only the Eastern idiocy that puts the whole EU in danger. The Italian populist gouvernement insists on its “right” to amass debts, clearly not only hurting but outright braking former contract commitments in doing so. They risk the whole European economic system, and don’t give a damn. Very responsible people.
What we see is the rise of egotism and the decline of solidarity, the revitalisation of the politics of “power” and outright murder, while in Moscow and Washington rule nihilists, in the centres of power gap ethical blank holes. It is all very disgusting, discouraging, ugly.
So I went outside, and this is what I saw :
The tree is in the process of defoliating, but new buds are already there
Man’s a creature of mud
In the need of solacement we should turn to LISZT (Eng.), and listen to Daniel BARENBOIM (Ger., Eng.) who gives us Consolation No.3.
I hope you enjoy the music – may the coming week spare us ugliness, idiocy, and barbarity.