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Women such as Angela Merkel and Theresa May give hope

This year, the 2018 was not very good for the center. With center I mean the state is commonly conceived of as a centre, the point, the promises of safety, order, Balance, balance, the opposite, therefore, of tension, Hurriedness and constant restlessness. Any compromise is in the middle.

the center of the society, such a stabilization factor. It is the middle well, it is big and wide, then to acquiesce to the edges, because they can't be dangerous. But in the middle it's not so good. You begin to doubt yourself.

the Ritual of looking back on a year is no longer comforting. Not only as a journalist, you have lost the feeling for time. And is it not so? You scared whether or not all of the events that must be borne in mind clenched again. All this happened in a year? O God, where will this lead?

prolonged applause and tears

It may be due to therefore, a pre-Christmas melancholy, that you believe in, things fell apart, as W. B. Yeats this a long time ago mourned. And then comes equal to the depth of the longing for the Success, according to images and messages that show how our societies can also be: decent, friendly, polite. Still, the glass is half full and not half empty. And one is reminded of the successful end of the party presidency of Angela Merkel , who is stepping down after 18 years in the office, and with sustained applause and a tear not only in your eyes has been adopted. They could also hunt from the court, like a mangy dog. It was, however, in spite of all the criticism of these long years, an act of respect and tenderness. You will also go soon, as Chancellor. The is you master still, and with her Germany.

And there is still such a light view. Again, it is a woman to do it, and it's called Theresa May . What a politician, what a brave figure in these times of denial! A politician who was always against Brexit and want him executed now. The against their Knowledge and Conscience, and why? Because you, as a British head of government responsibility, because they believe in her office and its Dignity and to the institutions. And she fights and fights and fights in a manner that deserved more than respect, more admiration. Even if one rejects her, and Brussels negotiated a package for various reasons: your composure, your honesty and tirelessness are due to the eruptions in the lower house and the back-stabbing their conservative opponents as monstrous as it was instructive. This woman grows to your opponents. She takes one obstacle after the other.

The exhaustion in my face

written Not Triumph but exhaustion is Theresa May in the face, like Angela Merkel's hanging mouth legacy of her political long distance run. But both have a stamina that is unparalleled. Driven, you are never ever. Beyond all the feminist interpretations, we can say one thing: you are state women, state servants in the classic sense, as they show a Size, the majestic and big lanes. Manage and coordinate, where other the flames of disruptive vandalism flickering want to see. Beware and Wake up, where others rage.

The German futurologist Matthias Horx coined 15 years ago, the concept of the "illusion of optimism". So he wanted to rewrite the deferred progress, in particular, setbacks, of course, included. For many years these two words have helped me in my political judgment. Recently I met him again. Its new formula is below: "melancholic Serenity". I'm trying to befriend.

As always, the democracies in the coming years to survive: That there are characters such as May and also Merkel in our Public, lets hope.

Andrea Seibel, Deputy editor-in-chief of the "world" and, since the age of 18 years, the Department Forum.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 16.12.2018, 20:45 PM

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