It is on a hit from the communist era signed by a punk diva that Angela Merkel, visibly moved, bade farewell on Thursday to the armed forces, less than a week before leaving the chancellery.
The army paid homage to him at the end of the day with the torch during a ceremony carefully codified and baptized “Zapfenstreich”.
Before closing her sixteen years in power next Wednesday and handing over to Olaf Scholz, the Chancellor, like her predecessors, attended this military ritual.
Eyes shining with emotion, the Chancellor briefly looked back on these “16 years rich in events and often very trying”.
“They asked me for political and human efforts, but they have also always filled me,” said Merkel, in the presence of her successor, who will be elected chancellor on Wednesday.
Like her predecessors, Merkel had the opportunity to order the “soundtrack” of the ceremony from the Bundeswehr brass band.
Among her three musical choices is a 1974 hit: “Du Hast den Farbfilm vergessen” (“You forgot the color film”) by East German punk diva Nina Hagen.
A wish widely commented on in recent days in Germany where Ms. Merkel is better known for her taste for opera and her annual visit to the Bayreuth festival.
Asked at a press conference on Thursday about this choice, she explained that it reminded her of her twenty years in communist East Germany.
“This song was a highlight of my youth (…) The song also comes from East Germany and, coincidentally, it is still played in an area that used to be my constituency. So everything fits together. today, “observed the 67-year-old leader.
Angela Merkel was born in the port city of Hamburg before her father, pastor and teacher, decided to take the whole family to live in the GDR to preach the gospel.
In her recent farewell speeches, she has repeatedly paid tribute to an East German culture which has tended to disappear from collective memory since Reunification.
In this song, Nina Hagen, known in the 1980s for her powerful voice and extravagant appearance, criticizes her lover for having forgotten the color film for vacation photos, in an era before pixels, smartphones. and digital photography.
Some saw it as a mark of irony from the Chancellor after 30 years of career in a political environment dominated by men.
“By choosing a song that many bellow at the kitchen table on the birthdays of the family’s uncle, the Chancellor once again demonstrates the finesse of her humor”, greeted the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel.
The title did not appear in the register of the Bundeswehr, which had to make an express adaptation, confided the leader of the fanfare to the press.
The musicians were on more familiar ground with the rest of the Chancellor’s selection: a 60s ballad “Für mich soll’s rote Rosen regen” (It should rain red roses for me) and a religious hymn.
This article was published automatically. Sources: ats / afp