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Ostalgia (sic)

From German daily The Local:

"The daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Friday that 20 years after the joyous scenes of the Berlin Wall being torn down, 49 percent of easterners asked agreed with the statement: “The German Democratic Republic had more good than bad sides. There were a few problems but one could live well there.”

A further eight percent chose the statement: “The GDR had overwhelmingly good sides. One lived there better and happier than today in reunified Germany.”

A look at the 2005 results shows that the PDS, the successor to the DDR's Communists (or 'Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands' as it styled itself) secured some 8.7% of the vote, so the latter figure is no great surprise.

The 49% of trimmers disgust me, frankly: "
it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world...but for Olympic gold medals?" (With apologies to Robert Bolt)

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Blogger Blue Eyes said... 12:12 pm

Surely this is simply a case of the human brain forgetting the pain and remembering the pleasure?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 12:19 pm

Liberal... Feel free to read an implied wink, as I don't do smileys.

I'll grant that 'Goodbye Lenin' was quite good.  



Anonymous puzzled of nether wallop said... 1:11 pm

This weekend I will mostly be counting my testicles. Last time I did this, I got to one thousand, three hundred and forty-eight. Then I fell off my chair in excitement.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 1:17 pm

How very unlike the home life of our own dear Duke of Edinburgh.  



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