Torsten Albig (SPD) as State Governor or State Minister President of the northernmost German state, Schleswig-Holstein, is blowing the same loud trumpet against the chancellor as German Federal President, Joachim Gauck, did in a summertime interview with German public television. By also demanding Chancellor Angela Merkel to make the absolute "openness" and "information" approach to the German public about the ways and means to solve the Euro crisis, Albig has made an additional leap for the European ideals. Mayors and the elected chiefs of the regional districts ("counties") in his state shall be held in charge of "singing the European tune to highest possible degree".
Well, nice try, dear state governor.
Yes, Mr. Albig, you have enough construction sites and fiscal obstacles to remove for your own state government, a coalition of Social-Democrats, Eco-Greens and the Danish minority party SSW. Now, the lowest stages of self-administrative bodies shall sell the European 'success story'.
Why should they? Being at the end of the money distribution channel, with virtual no own income ressources except municipal or communal taxes from real estate and local corporations of self-employed craftsmen and -women, and depending on allocations from federal and state coffers, these entities are the first to feel the pinch of austerity measures.
They are rather in charge of explaining cuts in their budgets and the impacts on the local people. It's ridiculous to demand this high tune on Europe from the ones who are steadily kicked in the butt and quite unable to counter the mess levied upon them.
Now, Albig has got the big chance of doing it himself. He may devise his state minister of education to introduce a daily European Union adoration - a EU flag in any class room and singing Beethoven's Hymne (Ode) an die Freude (the "official" EU anthem) with an additional European "Pledge of Allegiance".
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the European Union and to the different member states for which it stands, one Euro currency, under bright blue skies, without national debts and with prosperity for all.
If you were able to hammer this into hearts and minds of the common people in all European member states it could be a success story, indeed. I rather remain pessimistic.
Looking to the other side of the Channel, the conservative Brits who are naturally wary of too much European influence might have been the smarter ones in terms of financial independence from a supranational body. Well done, guys.