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Politischer Aschermittwoch

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Today I’d like to write about something that is very typically (and only) German. Most of you might be familiar with the idea of Aschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday) in general, but the Political Ash Wednesday is something that only takes place in Germany (as far as my research showed).

So we established the date of the event: it’s the Wednesday after the crazy German carnival (even though massively celebrated only in some parts of Germany, quite overwhelming in the last days before Lent due to vast TV coverage). Place: well, it all started in Bavaria and still nowadays it is usually the venue of the biggest events.

Action! It’s all about politics as the name itself suggests. It’s a kind of a forum for German political parties to strengthen their own and worsen the position of their opponents in heated speeches and often very critical attacks.

Apart from the audience in the venues, politicians have the chance to reach many voters with the help of media coverage. In the recent years a protest culture has evolved on this day parallel to the official political party meetings there are many demonstrations and happenings organized throughout the country by activists and involving the “so-called” normal people.

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  1. In these protests which you write about at the end of your post, how good is the turnout, or representation of the “ordinary person” at these? Just wondering because normally it’s the preserve of students of anti-capitalists, but I’m interested to know whether the average Joe from the street really gets involved in these ones too?

    Posted by Michael | May 25, 2012, 11:46 pm
  2. Good question, Michael, I wanted to find a clear answer to that by looking for some numbers in the news but all I could find was a couple dozen people in front of the SPD meeting and some TV news flashes about other protests of several hundred people. And out of all these, how many are “ordinary people” is really hard to guess.

    Posted by Miss-A. | June 6, 2012, 2:37 pm

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