We take off our hat from the British parliamentarians


Hello in 2066, dear readers,

Today I look back at the past with you from the future. Because this opens up a new perspective for us.


The year 2066 is a special year. We are witnessing a dubious anniversary. For 50 years, the British are already discussing theirs United Kingdom and European Union Gibraltar referendum membership, They went through several stages: "cheers, soon out of the EU!" After the referendum in June 2016, exhausting bargains with Brussels followed, followed by parliamentary battles in Westminster, the resignation of various heads of government and ministers and countless screams from Oooooorder from the greedy speaker. Forty-seven years ago, more precisely October 21, 2019, it was the speaker who decided Do not vote on modified exit agreements negotiated after all sorts of quarrels with the EU. Reason: The content of the contract is too similar to the one already mentioned two days before not had been agreed. A debate is therefore a repetition and therefore "disordered".

It seems strange? Of course, but the longtime English had long been accustomed to the fact that every new day brought them another absurdity in the great theater of Brexit. Some wanted the exit, others certainly did not, the third actually, but please garnished with some special requests, the fourth wanted something in between, the fifth had forgotten what they wanted, but he still did Rabatz and the sixth attached to the head. And so they continue to quarrel and argue cheerfully. Day by day. Year after year

Today, 47 years later, is the field of those who still know what they are discussing, reduced to a few experienced parliamentary veterans. Most have no idea what an occasion was, and it doesn't really matter since Britain has returned to new economic strength in the reformed EU. It is good for Europe today, in 2066. So beautiful that most readers even forgive a newsletter writer who skips a moment in the future to launch the entire nonsense of an extinct development. With the hope that the kind reader can forgive him, he quickly returns to the reality of the year 2019.

During a street brawl in Santiago de Chile. (Source: AP / dpa / Miguel Arenas)During a street brawl in Santiago de Chile. (Source: Miguel Arenas / AP / dpa)

Because the autumn of 2019 shows us in many places a troubled world. In Barcelona, ​​supporters of the Catalan independence movement are fighting street battles with the police. Cocktails and Molotov cocktails fly, shots fall. In northern Syria, the situation is chaotic a week and a half after the Turkish invasion, hundreds of thousands live in fear of bombs, snipers, raids. In Hong Kong, protesters and policemen clash every day: tear gas, teams, wounded. In Lebanon, mass protests shake the government, observers warn of a new civil war. In Chile, the revolt against the government intensifies – looting, devastation, deaths. In Kashmir, shootings and bomb explosions are fueling the threat of war between the nuclear powers of India and Pakistan. In West Guinea, thousands are protesting against the long-term ruler and there are also deaths.

We live troubled and violent days and obviously every victim is too much. People's desire for democracy, freedom and participation is also understandable. Where autocrats or dictators suppress this desire, dissatisfaction builds up until it suddenly bursts and runs into a storm of protests. Where, on the other hand, there are democratically legitimate rules and procedures, transparent for co-determination, frustration, anger or simply deviant opinions can manifest themselves without immediately turning them into hatred and violence. This is one of the greatest successes of parliamentary democratic systems.

That's why we should be lenient when we look at London today. Obviously we are allowed to go into ecstasy for the wanderings of the British in their Brexit maze or even to make fun of it. At the same time, we should respectfully recognize the basis on which they are serving: on the whole, according to clear constitutional rules and procedures. Parliamentary battles in Westminster can be bizarre and exhausting in the long term, but they are one at a time Festival of democracy – although some actors occasionally try to break the rules and must be rejected by the judiciary. Since no one shoots the opponent, because there are no Molotov cocktails, there are no bombs, because no people die. Imagine what could trigger a revolutionary political maneuver such as Brexit in a country like China, Lebanon or Guinea.

That's why we're taking our British parliamentarians' hat off this morning. Rhetorical words and arrows of poison, vote and political dishonesty, but above all the power of the strongest argument: these are the weapons of the opponents in the battle for Brexit. That's how the Democrats fight. This is not always beautiful and does not immediately lead to the goal. But it is always better than the language of violence. We should not forget these days. Although the theater was to last 147 years. (God forbid!)



The future Japanese emperor Naruhito and his wife Masako. (Source: Reuters / Issei Kato)The future Japanese emperor Naruhito and his wife Masako. (Source: Issei Kato / Reuters)

Today something is happening in the land of dawn. Coronation of new Japanese emperor Naruhito Officers and nobles from all over the world have arrived. "Sovereign heavenly" is the name of the emperor in Japan, which sounds like greatness and power. Naruhito is now the embodied symbol of the country. But the man on the throne and his wife, Empress Masako, they must fulfill their duties according to the strict requirements of the judicial office, pressed into an iron corset, which has repeatedly brought the empress to the brink of depression. The pressure on her to give birth to an heir to the throne was particularly heavy. The daughter, who was finally born, was not enough for the main conservative forces in Japan. The establishment didn't breathe until finally a boy was born elsewhere in the extended family.

The lack of progeny unites the imperial family with their nation. Nowhere else is the average age so high, the birth rate among the lowest in the world, the population has been shrinking since 2011. The lament of aging, a child-poor society is familiar to us in Germany , but in one, the country in the Far East radically different from us: There is virtually no migration there. Japan has joined the ethnically homogeneous state model and pays the price. It may not be so evident in the hustle and bustle of the mega-metropolis of Tokyo, but in the countryside the silence is unmistakable. Lonely roads. Abandoned villages. In Nagoro, a remote place, one of the few remaining residents has at some point begun to repopulate the dying village: with dolls. At 69, the artist is one of the youngest there. The urban hi-tech elite, meanwhile, is committed to finding robots designed to offer warmth and affection to older people in homes or in their lonely homes.

Only two percent of foreigners live in Japan – but the demographic pressure is increasing to the point that even the conservative government of the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe This year he was ready to swallow a giant toad. Under no circumstances do you want to talk about immigration or a guest work program. "Visa facilitation" it's called fig leaf, behind which the reform, which as a precaution is a small reflection, must hide shyly. Nearly 350,000 low-skilled workers are brought into the country under the pressure of the economy to fill the gaps left by population decline. But after a maximum of five years they should go home. A perspective to stay and get a permanent residence permit? Family reunification? Nobody. The problem of the Japanese age remains unsolved. The silence will be stronger.

No one will want to claim that an uncontrolled and chaotic influx of people from other countries would be the best way to tackle the population decline in modern industrial nations. But looking at Japan makes us very clear, that does not work without immigration. Industry representatives in Germany have been preaching it for a long time, as their colleagues in Japan are doing. We often see the arrival of strangers with the tunnel vision of fear. So we neglect what is being prepared on the edge of the visual field: those who don't let strangers into the country, the dolls are waiting for them.


Farmers are blocking the streets here in the Netherlands. (Source: imago images)Farmers are blocking the streets here in the Netherlands. (Source: imago images)

Do you remember? Three weeks ago I told you at this point about the protest of Dutch farmers against their government's environmental policy. Climatic crisis, glyphosate, industrial breeding: farmers no longer want to be the black man of the nation. Looking at the Netherlands, Merkel's cabinet also has cold feet, I wrote then. Now the time has come: even in this country, farmers explode in protest against the federal government's agricultural plans, because they see economic power and social peace in rural areas in danger. With their tractors, they head for the big cities today. In Bonn alone, up to 10,000 participants are expected, hundreds of tractors in Berlin must block the victory column. If the protest continues to grow, it is unlikely to remain cold in the government district.


And otherwise? In Sochi, warlord Putin receives war lord Erdogan to discuss the division Northern Syria to negotiate; The ceasefire ends this evening. Kramp-Karrenbauer, head of the CDU introduces a European security zone in which civilians can request protection – not a bad idea, but eight years late.

in Canada after counting the votes in the parliamentary elections, the formation of a government is imminent.

President of the EU Commission Juncker holds his farewell speech to the European Parliament.

In the far north of Denmark, the lighthouse on the Dune Rubjerg Knude 80 meters, because the sea eats two meters each year in the country. 25,000 spectators are expected. Anyone who knows this wonderful piece of land, the desert-like dune facing the gray lake, the northern light and the salty wind on your skin, today can really desire nothing else but to be part of this ten-hour maneuver. I almost tried to jump on the train to northern Jutland.

On rails, the lighthouse on the Rubjerg Knude dune must be pushed into the interior. (Source: imago images)On rails, the lighthouse on the Rubjerg Knude dune must be pushed into the interior. (Source: imago images)



    (Source: Ullstein photo) (Source: Ullstein photo)

Today it is a common reason for postcards, in 1895 it was a disaster: After a long drive from Normandy, this train reached Paris on 22 October 1895. And it was late. Too quickly, the engine driver entered the Gare Montparnasse and had to make a safe jump. The locomotive continued to run, reversing the bearing, breaking through the wall and … what happened then, explains our contemporary story editor Marc von Lüpke in our "Historical Image" section.


SPD and Union postpone the mid-term review of the grand coalition and wait for the elections in Thuringia on Sunday. But does anyone really believe that the government will disintegrate later? Our columnist Gerhard Spörl makes it clear to you.


Today I have written many more lines for the Brexit caricature, this is a lot more fun. If you haven't seen the NDR colleagues' sketch yet, look quickly!



These Englishmen, so honest.

    (Source: Mario Lars) (Source: Mario Lars)

I wish you a good orientation and a good day every time. Best regards,


Florian Harms
Chief editor t-online.de
E-mail: t-online-newsletter@stroeer.de

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