Merkel meets Söder: The man with three masks

The Meeting of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Bavarian Prime Minister and CSU leader Markus Söder will take place at Herrenchiemsee, an island on a lak

Merkel meets Söder: The man with three masks

The Meeting of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Bavarian Prime Minister and CSU leader Markus Söder will take place at Herrenchiemsee, an island on a lake, so, the, you must say so clearly, not a sea, but at least large enough to be "Bavarian sea" called. Enough not to the characterization of the host?

Timo Frasch

Political correspondent in Munich.

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the common carriage and shipping, for which the joint Cabinet session in the great mirror gallery of the castle offers a dazzling backdrop otherwise, a true treasure for all spiritists and depth psychologists.That Merkel has not adopted Söders invitation in this lavish, Versailles-inspired building that acts as an anti-thesis to your own style of government, that says nothing about their preference of who should you follow in the Chancellor's office? Or you want this impression, then, but contrary to?

As Söder your when you receive three face masks offering a Bavarian, a German, a European-flag-pattern – since it assumes you first, not themselves. On the other hand: she is wearing a mask with the Logo of the just-launched EU presidency. And that you can dress up in any white-and-blue mask, is self-evident. Söder has made good experiences with the enslavement of the Bavarian monuments for political appointments, just think of the trips to the Zugspitze, but also with symbolic Politics.

sailed As Söder last summer, together with the Green Winfried Kretschmann on the lake of Constance, he could annoy the political opponents and self in the direction of the land of the fathers the rule of law maneuver. But at the time, was not even speculated about whether he could be the Chancellor candidate of the Union. This is different today.

Söders game

At the pier in Prien some Söder have gathered Fans. A created a sign, that in its emphasis still is in need of improvement, but to Wake up but clearly not enough to have the interest of the Prime Minister: "Markus Söder candidate for Chancellor? Yes.“ Söder goes on the Söderianer, seeks to avoid but a common image. For justification, he refers to Corona – and the fact that he got because of such signs in the life "in a lot of Trouble". In November 2017, he had, in addition to women and men of the young Union scan. The held signs with "Söder – our new number 1" or "MP Söder" in your hands, the then Finance Minister, seemed on the picture is not at all displeased. A few months later he was Prime Minister.

The game that plays Söder at the Moment, fueled by numerous journalists ask, was so successful. It consists of allusions and ambiguities. It is a balancing act, but with a net and double bottom. All, the like to detect in the meeting at Herrenchiemsee Bavarian or even söder's delusions of grandeur, to be noted that here, finally, is the cradle of the basic law, am. Who adds that the basic law had been rejected by the Bavarian Parliament, but that is kindly reminded that Bayern would have done so only in the Knowledge that there is without a sufficient majority. This game has its charm, but it could be that the willingness to embrace it, is everywhere in the Republic so great as in the free state.

Updated Date: 14 July 2020, 13:19

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