Thursday, 7 September 2017

A few men spoke of freedom, while Europe talked of beer

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The ninth edition of the Oktoberfest beer festival will take place in Brasov starting tomorrow, and will welcome beer lovers until September 17. That's what the daily newsletter I receive tells me. I don't drink beer very often and know nothing about German beer festivals, but isn't it a month early?

There are almost no more Germans left in Brasov or Transylvania, but German Transylvania is reborn for commercial reasons, as a beer festival. This is probably what will happen to Europe. It will live on in restaurants, theme parks, tourist activities. Farms will be replaced by golf courses and housing estates. Inhabitants of towns and cities will also be slowly replaced.

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  1. I attended an "Oktoberfest" hosted by some beer company in Militari a few years back. On stage were two beautiful girls (one very much a Gypsy) in traditional (yet tight fitting) German outfits, dancing to German drinking songs. Of course, that part of the entertainment wasn't able to keep the Romanians animated for too long, and soon gave way to Meneito and lots of reggaeton. That's when the party-goers were finally stirred into taking a more active role, dropping their sausages and bread (but not their beers) and jumping on the tables to dance. It didn't strike me as a very German scene.

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    1. I never saw or heard of Romanians dancing on the table.

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  2. Wasn't it Ceaucescu who liked kicking Germans out? You like kicking people out too, so you should approve.

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    1. They went of their own free will, after West Germany paid Romania for them - 200,000 were left at the revolution and half of that a year later. Very sad after 900 years. But the President of Romania is an ethnic German.

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    2. I don't want to kick out anyone from anywhere, except of course illegal immigrants.

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