Source: Joris Luyendijk, NRC Handelsblad, Netherlands, November 15
Three cheers for the German elites. It’s not that there aren’t any fortune seekers, charlatans, troublemakers spreading conspiracy theories or neo-Nazis in German politics. On the contrary….
But the German elites of the post-war era are still successfully preventing charismatic sirens, cynics and racist demagogues from taking the limelight….
German politicians are team players who are guided by their sense of responsibility. For decades Anglo-Saxon commentators and journalists have mocked this policy of consensus, calling it boring and grey. Now we know what the alternatives are. Those who treat democracy as if it were part of the entertainment industry end up with Trump and Brexit. This is the big lesson of 2016.