25.03.2024 Features

Madness has a name: politicians

Madness has a name: politicians
25.03.2024 LISTEN

In 1981 as a student of Political Sciences at Hamburg University, Germany, I wanted to spend one year abroad far from home to study in the fields of foreign policy and social intervention. A charity in London I knew well granted me the opportunity to be a volunteer in one of their projects in India. I worked to save enough money parallel to my studies ensuring to travel with enough funds to pay for my humble costs during this one year abroad in and of the year 1982.

In preparation for the visa application in late summer of 1981, I forwarded my papers including bank statements, a letter from the charity, etc. to the Indian Embassy in Germany. Four weeks later they sent me a letter. My visa was denied. The Indian Embassy stated that the country of India is well capable of solving its own social problems. India so far has been the only country in the world that has ever refused me entry.

In 2023 Germany has decided to pay India until 2030 close to € 1 Billion. The aid support is intended to help the atomic power nation India with various economic, social, and environmental interventions. Politicians argue the nonrefundable aid support will come back to Germany tenfold through the way of closer cooperation. They deny any opposing claims to have opted to give out a loan facility or/and direct investments of German companies with an improved Hermes financial risk policy would have been the better option and protect the German taxpayer's purse.

The decision was not taken with a widespread democratic discussion but was decided under the radar of the general German public.

Grundgesetz (German Constitution) Art. 38, 40, and 41 expose the real truth about the political state of affairs in Germany. An MP does not need to obey the mandate given by the voters but only his own conscience and as we live not in a people's but party democracy the discipline of the chief whip in parliament.

The argument every four years that Parties and politicians get the the answer at the polling station does not stand fully the truth of the case. Many decisions made like the agreement with India are impossible or costly to reverse. Politicians leave parliament with a pension after two times served but the taxpayers have lost their money and time to allocate their money to interventions they see as the better and right option.