The political landscape in Germany has become more colorful* and since in none of the three newly elected state parliaments one party has a clear cut majority coalition governments must be formed.
*I pointed out the color codes for Germany's political parties in an earlier blog. Why the AfD is presented in charts and diagrams by a light blue color nobody has explained to me so far.
In Rhineland-Palatinate a classical Ampelkoalition (traffic light coalition: red-yellow-green) between the Social Democrats (SPD), the Free Democrats (FDP), and the Green is negotiated.
|What is good for Castrop-Rauxel's municipal council |
must be good for Rhineland-Palatinate's parliament (©Castrop-Rauxel)
|Kenya's national flag (©Pumbaa80/Wikipedia)|
|The landscape of Baden-Württemberg with respect to the directly elected deputies |
has a faint resemblance with a cut-up kiwi.
Note the two disturbing blue spots that previously had been red (©SWR)
And there was another controversial issue that was wrapped up ... in Freiburg. In January 2013 Red Baron reported on a dispute about a planned painting on St. Martin's Gate (Martinstor). Here is a somewhat crazy proposal that would not be too much in contrast with the McDonald's advertisement nearby.
|It is true: Many Italians visit Freiburg (©BZ)|
|The present and the future? (©BZ/Ingo Schneider)|
P.S. 1: And here we go. Today April 11, the Badische Zeitung published a letter to the editor. Dr. Eugen Baldas from Freiburg wrote that the decision of the art commission to leave the front face of St. Martin's Gate white comes untimely. This year is the 1700 birthday of St. Martin, born in the Roman city of Sabaria (today in Hungary) in 316.
In 2005 the Council of Europe declared St. Martin a person of sharing and of common values in Europe. In times of refugees living in misery coming to a divided Europe Dr. Baldas would like to see a painting of St. Martin encouraging sharing when facing Freiburg's shopping mile, the Kaiser-Joseph-Straße.
P.S. 2: On April 12, Freiburg's city council followed the recommendation of the art commission and with a large majority decided to leave the front face of St. Marin's Gate naked. Freiburg's Mayor Dieter Salomon commented the decision: "This is a plea for Nacktheit am Bau (nakedness on the building)". When one deputy complained about the yellow sauce (algae) spoiling the white surface Salomon replied: "Baubürgermeister Martin Haag will lend his hand to clean the surface so that at least one Martin will be on the gate". Our mayor had been funnier before.