MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Mister President! Ladies and gentlemen! My family’s birthday dates, my wedding anniversary and October 3rd, these are the dates in every year when it’s worth organizing a proper party.
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)
And actually everyone should do that instead of just rolling over problems every day.
Ladies and gentlemen, I spent 30 years, i.e. exactly half of my life, in the GDR, and luckily I was able to spend the other half of my life – and I hope there will be a few more years – in the unified Germany.
Ladies and gentlemen, it always sounds like this: It wasn’t that bad back then. – I also heard that in various speeches today. That may be true – if I look back and think of the time that I spent with my family and friends at the beer table, playing skat or whatever, that’s also correct – but that’s only half the story or less than half the truth.
When I think of my school days, when I think of my studies or the time I spent at work: The world looked different: permanent political and social pressure, discrimination, disadvantage and constant spying on those who think differently to them I also heard back then, a permanent shortage economy, unbearable air pollution – especially during the heating season – the Elbe in Dresden a stinking river through the landscape, the struggle for a usable apartment – whoever remembers it! -, no freedom of travel. But there was a tram ride for 20 pfennigs. We were taught that at school: that is the difference between the glorious future of socialism and lazy capitalism: that in the GDR you could drive a tram for 20 pfennigs. Only the problem was: the tram didn’t always come
(Laughter from members of the CDU / CSU and the SPD)
because every now and then a spare part was missing that could not be procured or the tram driver had just left for the west maybe 14 days before.
(Laughter and applause from members of the CDU / CSU)
So much for reality, ladies and gentlemen, and one should never forget that! Precisely because of this, when you add it all up, October 3rd is a day of celebration for me.
(Shouting from Abig. Matthias Höhn [DIE LINKE])
We can do the problem rolling beforehand and start again on the 4th at the latest.
Ladies and gentlemen, these days there is a flood of books and films and discussions on such festive days. Public broadcasting is full of it. Everyone now wants to find out: What is the difference between East Germans and West Germans? And of course: The Ossi, the strange being, what kind of person is that?
(Laughter from Deputy Dr. Franziska Brantner [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN])
Ladies and gentlemen, I can tell you one thing: that is what gets on my nerves the most in the whole discussion.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS)
Because: Why doesn’t anyone care what the difference is between the Bavarian and the Holsteiner or the Rhinelander and the Palatinate or – to cut it a bit smaller – between the Cologne and the Düsseldorf?
(Laughter and applause from members of the CDU / CSU)
That is quite normal, ladies and gentlemen. But the Ossi has to serve – although there is no Ossi; There are Saxons and Brandenburgers and Thuringians and Mecklenburgers in East Germany, and they are all very different. So: that’s bullshit to the power of five. This is just fundraising for psychologists and other people, ladies and gentlemen.
(Laughter and applause from MPs of the CDU / CSU, the SPD and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN and MP Franziska Gminder [AfD])
From this desk it has also been said many times today – I think that is the most important thing -: German unity is a project for all people in Germany. Everyone who professes to have contributed to this success. German unity made our country stronger and it made it more diverse. And that is, I think, the success, whereupon we are asked again and again by everyone else abroad: How do you do it? There are countries like Taiwan or South Korea that have their own government commissions, they have been scattering around Germany for years to see: How did they do it with reunification? Are these models, can we use them to prepare for a possible reunification here? In this respect, German reunification is a model for success.
Ladies and gentlemen, but part of the historical truth is that different parties have seen things differently. There was once an Oskar Lafontaine. He said: The least we need now is German unity. – And there was once a stone thrower Joschka Fischer. He held out the banana to the East Germans in order, so to speak, to clearly document what he thought of the East Germans. We have all not forgotten that, ladies and gentlemen.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from MPs from the AfD and MP Dr. Wieland Schinnenburg [FDP])
Tomorrow the ceremony for the 30th anniversary of German unity will take place in Dresden. And when democratic parties, who all said today how important tolerance and freedom of expression are, boycott this ceremony, namely the SPD, the Greens and the Left,
(Enrico Komning [AfD]: Ugh!)
and there an elected representative speaks, ladies and gentlemen, then I really wonder how speaking and acting go together.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the FDP as well as from members of the AfD)
In this respect, there are a lot of contradictions, including in today’s debate. I can only tell you: the CDU / CSU was the party of German unity; the CDU / CSU is the party of German unity. You can see that: the colleagues in our group are all sitting in their seats with a smile on their faces and a happy feeling in their hearts and are really just waiting to go home so that they can prepare for tomorrow’s celebrations.
So: have a nice day everyone!
(Laughter and applause from the CDU / CSU – applause from MPs of the AfD – Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE]: Well, the truth of this speech was also manageable!)
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.