Taken from “The Local”,
Germany’s news in
English, it seems that distaste for the EU and the current nation states
embroiled in it is not just a
matter. There are those in UK who now argue
that Bavarian Is Best. Bavaria
Skipping all the obvious stuff about the strange King Ludwig II and Richard Wagner, the composer, it has taken some time for leading Bavarians to come round to the idea that they are better off out than in, and that means Germany as well as the EU.
This one could run and run.
A respected old-timer in the conservative Bavaria-based Christian Social Union (CSU) has called for independence for his beloved state, arguing that its wealth is being fleeced by
Berlin and . Brussels
The 73-year-old Wilfried Scharnagl, a well-known name within the CSU - the sister-party to Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union - is to publish a book this week entitled "Bavaria Can Go It Alone," the Münchner Merkur reported on Sunday.
," he told
the paper, "comes out too badly in context." Bavaria
That context, laid out in his 191-page tome, is an historical analysis going back to 1871, when
became part of the new unified German nation. That day, "The Day of
Disaster," as Scharnagl calls it in a chapter heading, was when "the
kingdom was absorbed into the Prussian-ruled German unified state." Bavaria
As a result of that fateful move,
Bavaria is now in a
"stranglehold", held in "double oppression" by Berlin and ,
the Bavarian veteran said. Brussels
He describes some of
arrangements, such as the inter-state fiscal adjustment which distributes tax
money among 's
16 states, as a "plundering" that consumes billions in Bavarian
wealth, while the euro debt crisis reinforces the "lurching between
fantasies of power and powerlessness." Germany
He argues that federal measures to balance conditions in
have always damaged standards in Bavaria, such
as the level of education, which he calls 's "crown jewel."
"I've never known levels to be adjusted upwards," he said. Bavaria
Scharnagl worked for the CSU's party leadership in
for many years, and was editor-in-chief of the party's newspaper Bayernkurier
for 24 years. He was also considered a close personal advisor to Franz Josef
Strauß, former German finance minister and Bavarian state premier from 1978 to
Scharnagl's word is still said to carry weight within the party, though the new book is likely to alienate some of his political allies. Only the minority separatist Bayernpartei officially supports independence. His own party briefly toyed with the practicalities of independence under state premier Max Streibl in the early 1990s.
Scharnagl considers his book an important provocation. "It is at least a wake-up call, to say that this state should consider its peculiarities, its uniqueness," he told the paper.
Next up the Duchies of Bremen and Verden, perhaps? For a long while in the 18th Century and into the 19th these were attached to
If the Great
Britain UK could exit
the EU perhaps they would like to rejoin us, along with Hannover.
We could have “The Old Hundredth” as a new National Anthem.