Berlin Wall, thirty years ago only the good memories remain: Berlin has attracted many dislikes

Berlin Wall, thirty years ago only the good memories remain: Berlin has attracted many dislikes

As often happens with the Revolutions, the Thermidor arrives and the power returns to the old masters. Whoever fought for the Revolution, who was in jail to make it, who fought for everyone's freedom is a loser. It is a natural, cruel but implacable social law. In Berlin, in Dresden, in Germany it was the same.

In the end the transformers won the Angela Merkel or some people without memory like the Katia Kipping, the Nico Kohler the Jorg Urban the Björn Höcke or the Sahra Wagenknecht, men and women overwhelmed by ideologies and who, having not fought for freedom when it would be was risky, even today they have not understood what the GDR was and feed, on opposite old fronts, criminal nostalgia.

Instead they lost the Wolf Biermann, the men who in the GDR believed in freedom and in an alternative model to the pro-American democracy of the BRD, but precisely for this reason they were persecuted, imprisoned, expelled and in many cases eliminated. Excluded from the power then, removed even today, even if what happened on 9 November happened only thanks to their sacrifices. And this after thirty years is what remains above all for the collapse of the Berlin Wall. So even German politics has gone the wrong way and would like to make us regret the reconquest of freedom.

Sergio Romano recently wrote: "Thirty years later, Mrs. Margaret Thatcher's [reunification] concerns seem at least partially justified. With its insistence on the recognition of Slovenia and Croatia in January 1991, unified Germany resulted in the disintegration of the Yugoslav state and the fragmentation of the Balkans. Two problems have arisen with the opening of the European Union to the former USSR satellites, strongly desired by Berlin. We have welcomed countries in the EU that have no desire to renounce their sovereignty to create a federal Europe; and those countries have become NATO satellites, seriously affecting relations with Russia ... some regions of eastern Germany continue to express discontent over their social conditions. Paradoxically, an East German patriotism seems to still exist which has favored the rise of the radical right ... "

Needless to deny it; the last few years have been difficult years for Europe, for European countries. Certainly in recent years, much more than had happened immediately after the Reunification, relations between Italy and Germany have dramatically deteriorated, in the sign of a lower nationalism, based on disinformation and poor mutual knowledge.

The good memories of even a recent past have remained so. In Italy, but not only in Italy, an anti-German culture has developed which is based on a fundamental lack of knowledge of facts and problems. Likewise, there is no doubt that many of the common opinions and headlines of popular newspapers, which have been widespread in Germany in recent years, not only did not correspond to the truth at all, but were based on incorrect information, often deliberately false.

Result, to date the European institutions are not enjoying great health, Germany is on the threshold of the recession and Italy does not come out of a crisis, not only economic, which began at least in 2008. The rationality of Immanuel Kant and Benedetto Croce seems to have been defeat and in the end we are all poorer. There is not much to be proud of. What do we know about Germany, what do we know about German problems, German solutions? What do we know about the Berlin Wall and the expectations of the peoples of East Germany? What do the Germans of Italy know, in addition to the commonplaces of pizza, mandolin and mafia?

In fact, the recipes that in Italy, as in Germany, are advanced to solve the problems of the post-Wall and to follow up on the march of freedom that led to the collapse of communism do not reassure us, because they focus on the effects, on the external symptoms of an internal malaise, a sign of deeper difficulties that cannot be cured with painkillers. Instead, the road is only that of dialogue, listening, mutual deepening, knowledge and use of the examples that history and tradition have given us as solvers.

Nothing can be more effective than a complete, equal Italian-German collaboration to deepen our mutual characteristics. We need to know the history of the Wall, we need to know more about Germany's problems in order to solve ours. This is the great teaching thirty years after the fall of the Wall.

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Brilliant description of the current situation. After being scrambled by the Versailles treaty, Germany has not embarked on one. The resentments caused by the treaty provided the ideal ground for the birth of Nazism. Many years later, Merkel's famous phrase of a few years ago, referring to immigration (Wir schaffen das = we do it) marked the beginning of her political career end. Deutschland Über Alles' dream (Germany above all) is still alive and present in the majority of citizens, from all social and cultural backgrounds. Up to the neo-Nazis and "worrying" parties like AfD

Germany that economically supports Italy? How, where and when did you dream of it? But isn't it the other way around? Are you a friend of Udo Gumpel, the one who faces and pours on television?

Germany buys Italian products and spends money in Italy through millions of German tourists. You can deny it to incite the Italians against the Germans but with the damage of destroying Italian jobs in tourism and in the industries that export Italian goods to Germany.

The same happens with their products sold here and with our tourists who go and leave Italian money in Germany. But not for this they depend on us, like us on them. If we then add the cost of the meeting of the two Germanies, and what they must pay back for the people interned in Nazi Germany, then the bill in our favor never ends. As for stirring up, I am not the person stirring up, and I think that this comment of mine can contribute to destroying the German economy: this would be too much. If this were so, I would have to do something else, maybe I would be more akin to a Gumpel, who sees Germany with enemies everywhere and above all.

I read a lot, too many, nonsense. Italy is a NATO member like Germany and at the same time a commercial partner of every other NATO member, i.e. our country is, like Germany and every other NATO member, part of a military-economic relationship that allows it to live comfortably. Criticizing the relationship is therefore like throwing away a gold bar.

... According to the statistical data concerning German tourism, provided by ENIT, Germany is the first country in terms of presence in Italy, with 59.3 million overnight stays in 2017 and consolidates a positive trend that has lasted for decades (+30 , 7% in the past 10 years). These flows make up a share of 28.2% of international movements in Italy ...

I don't know if, as written in the article, "the opening of the European Union to the former USSR satellites" was really "strongly desired by Berlin", but one thing is certain: the opening of 2004 and then that of 2007 was the beginning of the (possible) end. The EU had struggled to find a balance between the 6 founding countries and the other 9 that have entered the dilemma over the years and then what do we do? We take 12 other states, most of which have just emerged from the Warsaw Pact, one from a non-aligned dictatorship and 3 directly from the USSR, we give them the same rights and prerogatives that the countries of the western bloc had built in decades, not to talk about the river of money that flows from west to east, and are we surprised if the EU is seen today as a burden by its citizens?

In 2018, if I remember correctly, Italy exported to Germany for 58 billion euros, Germany exported to Italy for 70 billion euros. Our countries are united in fact and a possible rupture would be a disaster for both of us. The study of German in Italy and Italian in Germany should be encouraged. Promote cultural exchanges, especially among young people.

Another Masonic failure ... first the unity of Italy, then seeing the mess they had combined in their exaltation they wanted to try again with the EU and it will end even worse.