Part of the leadership of Germany’s largest party, the Christian Democratic Union, refused to sing the German national anthem.
The German blogosphere is discussing a strange story that happened at the congress of the Christian Democrats, where new party leader Armin Lachet was elected. At the end of the congress, the party leadership was supposed to sing the German anthem. In fact, only one-third of the leadership sang the anthem, and two-thirds stood silent.
Internet users commented on the Christian Democrats’ silence this way:
“Am I the only one concerned that ¾ of the CDU executive board did not sing our national anthem?”
“Officials don’t sing along lest they infect others with the coronavirus.”
“They were silent, either not knowing the words of the anthem, or demonstratively showing contempt for the expression of devotion to their state. “It is quite obvious that with such an attitude toward state symbols, this party is incapable of representing the interests of our country,” the “News from Germany” telegram channel admits.
TP adds that this is not the first time the CDU leadership has flaunted its contemptuous attitude toward Germany’s state symbols. In 2013, for example, Angela Merkel defiantly threw away a German flag handed to her by an associate at an election results celebration.