I write this at a time that I should have been packing up for a flight to Denmark before continuing on to California. I’m clearly not. Rather, I’m sitting in suburban Trier listening to the sound of aeroplanes flying to and from Luxembourg. Passenger flights remain suspended, but cargo flights are still coming and going.
Trier is as it always is. It is, in some ways, becoming more interesting and cosmopolitan. There is an established (and reasonably authentic) Japanese restaurant. There is a new “Mexican” restaurant, although I was rather more Mexican than the food. I can at least claim to have come into contact with things Mexican at some point in my life.People are coping reasonably well, life has returned to some semblance of normality.
The border with Luxembourg and France is set to open soon. Luxembourg threatened to sue Germany if the border continued to be shut. But, perhaps most surprisingly, there has been a sea-change. The German people are no longer as supine as they were in the past. They are not as obedient as they were in the past. There have been more and more protests. There were major protests in Hamburg, Munich and Berlin. There were protests on both sides of the German/Luxembourgian border. People have had enough.
As of next week, restaurants, etc. will reopen. I am pleased that the Minister-President of Rheinland-Pfalz, Malu Dreyer, was instrumental in that. Merkel was equivocating. Dreyer announced in advance that if the go-ahead to open the hospitality wasn’t agreed upon, that Mainz would use its sovereign right to determine its own policies and open regardless of Merkel’s wishes.
From Copenhagen to Prague, from Vienna to Bordeaux normality is gradually returning in fits and starts. Meanwhile, north of France, they’re talking about imprisoning people for having the temerity to leave the North Korea of Europe, Boris Island. It boggles the mind.