Belit Onay is one of the Green Party's new political pop stars. Elegant, casual and diffusely contemporary, the first green mayor of Hanover was glorified by many media and the pre-political space of the Greens - there especially in culture - at the latest when he moved into the town hall.
So he's used to applause. This can also be addictive. The 42-year-old has now succumbed to his own charm. That's why he also invited the representatives of the "last generation" to an exchange; To put it more bluntly, one could also say: courted. The result is a remarkable act of submission by a representative of representative democracy to those who despise and undermine that system. His party friend Winfried Kretschmann, on the other hand, does not even think about it.
Far too often, the Greens have placed their moral vanity above political seriousness and decency. Even the act of submission, making oneself the spokesman and supporter of the climate stickers, has damaged the political culture.
The fact that the extremist activists showed him cleverly on Tuesday morning after this act of submission shows how dangerous it is to get involved with the enemies of democracy. Without any respect for the parliamentary system, the “last generation” stuck a letter from Onay to the parliamentary groups on the Reichstag building and distributed it to parliamentarians. This is how the political counterpart became a “partner in crime”.
The oh so bourgeois facade of the Greens is crumbling like the bourgeois characters in the films of Claude Chabrol or the plays of Bertolt Brecht. The Greens' relationship with their activist supporters is remarkably free of left-wing firewalls and undue respect for parliamentary democracy.
The intellectually meager but maximally ruthless climate glues have lured Onay into a trap - and he probably stepped into it with complete conviction.
A Julian, a mathematics student from Berlin, rejoices on the homepage of the needy and courtroom degraders: “With the mayor of Hanover, a large German city is behind the demands of the last generation. We are bringing Hanover's public appeal to the members of the Bundestag today with the necessary urgency."
Then Julian pasted Onay's open letter to the wall of the Reichstag building. Exactly 90 years after this was set on fire by other enemies of democracy.