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Germany: In Need of Renovation: An Interview with Wolfgang Reitzle

By Klaus Boldt, TELOS

Welt am Sonntag: Mr. Reitzle, the corona crisis robbed many Germans of their illusions about this republic. They don’t recognize their country anymore. They used to think of it as progressive, organized, digitalized, and well led. Was that image of modern Germany just a fantasy?

Wolfgang Reitzle: There have been plenty of signs of a discrepancy in Germany between appearance and reality: despite a defense budget of 47 billion euros, our guns can’t shoot, our tanks can’t roll, and our airplanes can’t fly—this doesn’t seem to bother anyone here, but other countries have taken notice. Our inability to build an airport for our capital city astonished the world.

Welt am Sonntag: The public just responds with passivity.

Wolfgang Reitzle: Berlin is one of the worst-governed capitals of Europe. The disregard for criminality, the tolerance for squatting, the spread of organized crime—wherever one looks, Berlin has become a dysfunctional city, a failed state. And Mayor Müller, who is responsible for this failure, is constantly in the news telling us how to manage corona.

Welt am Sonntag: Is he one of those magicians who just create an illusion of depth?

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