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Dear world!

If you would like my country to take interest in the world (and the real problems) again, please postpone all decisions until we figured out our own mess. On behalf of Germany, I would like to ask for another three to eight weeks (no guanrantee!) time. Please cancel off all disasters, wars and other mischief for the time being. Or if time permits, we will get to this later.

Germany will soon be ready again to re-take it’s role in the EU and the world. Unfortunately, at the very moment, our politicians are busy realizing that they lost the elections or busy forming coalitions, cheating and giving themselves a raise (even though we are broke as hell).

We realize that we are all fools, thanks for understanding!

With best regards,
Till

8 Comments so far

  1. JX (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 6:17 pm

    Dear German People,

    Please stop immediately with all the self-hatred and whining. It’s getting very tiresome. And slightly annoying. You live in the 3rd largest economy in the world. Pull yourselves together. The rest of the world is starting to see Germans as a bunch of spoilt brats. You don’t want that do you?

    If everything is soooo bad here and everyone is sooo broke, I guess nobody told the 334234 million people at every Ikea in the country on Saturdays.
    Or the thousands of people with huge, brand new BMWs and Mercedes on German autobahns.

    Listening to German people constantly complain, while others get destroyed by earthquakes and hurricanes is quite frankly disgusting.
    Those people REALLY have something to complain about.
    You don’t.

    So please, cheer up. Go out and buy yourselves an excellent


  2. till (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 7:36 pm

    Aww, c’mon. First off (to start with the important issues), where would you buy an “excellent


  3. JX (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 8:58 pm

    Hi Till ;)

    Becks, Erdinger etc. is all around


  4. till (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 9:37 pm

    Well, actually I have no idea how much they cost. I’ll check tomorrow (for you), or something. Corrs and Budweiser (the American one) cannot be compared to any other European brew. All correct, point taken.
    In any case, I know my options very well. If I would call in unemployed tomorrow, I could “probably” get some sort of social support, because I never actually paid any unemployment (I have my own type of business).

    What you see as an advantage (social-wise), I see as the root for our problems. People here are not very responsible for their lifes because whatever they need is given to them by the government – or it used to be a lot like that until two years ago. Now the government is actually trying to cut down on abusers and I support their every move.

    It’s too late though in some ways. People got used to it, and what you like, you don’t want to give away.

    We are slightly getting carried away here from my rant about politicians, which I still believe is maybe a bit exaggerated (Hello, blog?!), but also true to a certain extend. What you stress is another thing.

    I know there is a lot of advantages for people here. And those benefits attract even more. After all, German is a safe habour to many, many refugees and emigrants. The biggest of its kind in Europe.

    I am not complaining about benefits taking from me. There are too benefits as of right now. As I stated before. People don’t have to take responsibility. A lot of it is pre-chewed, ready to be be consumed. Not a notion I like. It makes people dull and easy to be influenced. Stupidity is on the rise.


  5. JX (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 10:06 pm

    Yes, I agree I may have slightly strayed from the original topic.
    And I do agree completely with your last paragraph.

    Anyway, you seem like a smart dude and it’d be interesting to discuss this over a beer – what do you think? :)


  6. till (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 11:01 pm

    Oh, sure! :D So what do you propose? I live in Kreuzberg (Bergmannkiez).

    If you reply, add your email address and come out of the closet!


  7. James R MacLean (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2005 @ 3:19 am

    Dear Till–
    Please feel free to complain as much as you like, but there’s no need for embarrassment. What I see in Germany is a fairly orderly, relatively thoughtful, forward-thinking response to some issues that another country (like, say, mine) would never get around to addressing at all. I just read a report from Die Deutsch-Britische Stiftung on the implementation of reforms to the Social Market economy (itself a very impressive achievement, BTW) and believe that Germany’s polity is merely facing up to some very tough choices in a civilized way.

    For decades Germany has settled into a groove, and now it is leaving that comfortable groove. please observe that it always looks silly (India, for example, ending 40+ years of one-party rule in the mid-1990’s), but it’s both needful and character-building.

    And yes, German beer is excellent at whatever the price. Although I prefer warm Guiness Extra Stout.

    (Here is the report–PDF)


  8. till (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2005 @ 12:15 am

    You guys can tell me whatever. I can complain, and I just did it again. It’s November first and everybody is rotating flags, looking for opportunities. It’s sick.

    You can keep the 1 EUR beer.



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