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Okayanother nation desires to study from us. Customers should not king, they’re an imposition. Faxes are nonetheless utilized in authorities. We solely cross the road when it’s inexperienced, even whether it is empty. In brief: Germany is shedding its manner, says TV presenter, columnist and writer Marcus Werner. In his new e book he’s notably upset about two factors, touring by practice and flying.

WELT: Given your cruel criticism of Germany, don't you typically simply really feel like emigrating?

Marcus Werner: No, fortunately I dwell in Berlin. I don't assume some other metropolis on this planet provides as many nice alternatives for growth as Berlin with its museums, theaters, discos, nightclubs and swingers golf equipment. There is a freedom to extra right here. But if we're trustworthy: most Germans are confused by the truth that this metropolis is in some methods extra trendy than the remainder of the nation.

WELT: What do you imply?

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Werner: If some Berlin cafés solely settle for card funds, that is not their nation for a lot of Germans. They need every thing to return to the way in which it was once. No extra local weather, no extra gender, no extra AI, and sure, no extra card funds.

It's sometimes German to at all times carry round 20 euros in money. If the Russians come or a nuclear bomb drops. And if the meal or the merchandise you need prices 30 euros, the devoted employees shall be blissful to point out you the way in which to the closest ATM three streets away, regardless of the pouring rain.

WELT: Mobile cellphone apps for ordering, paying, shopping for tickets, calling taxis – nowhere have digital cost processes change into as superior as in China. But that comes at a worth: extra authorities surveillance than ever.

Werner: I clearly are not looking for Chinese situations for our nation within the free West. However, I don't assume it's a coincidence that the Chinese, of all individuals, changed us Germans as world journey champions ten years in the past and that they’re now leaders in lots of fields. Because the Chinese journey, go searching, say “Oh!” and “Ah!” appreciatively after which wish to have that of their nation too.

In his new book, author Marcus Werner names “40 reasons why Germany is being smeared.”

Author Marcus Werner calls “40 reasons why Germany is being smeared” in his new e book

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The Germans are utterly totally different: they’ve flown all over the world for many years and solely reacted patronizingly to new issues: “Well, different countries, different customs.” They thought that with the pumpernickel from dwelling of their pockets they had been superior to these overseas and wished that others might do it in addition to we did. And at the moment? We can't even be punctual anymore.

WELT: You are referring to Deutsche Bahn.

Werner: I can consider different examples, however sure, the DB is blatant in terms of tardiness. According to present passenger rights, a delay is just related from 60 minutes onwards. So we're at 60 minutes now! And nobody appears to thoughts. Country of poets and thinkers? This phrase now appears like this to my ears: Not very shut and doesn't assume something.

WELT: Now you're exaggerating.

Werner: Not in any respect. I'll offer you an instance of the brand new German thoughtlessness: There are some ICE collection the place the door opener button lights up inexperienced as quickly because the practice driver has launched the doorways. In the ICE 1, nevertheless, the buttons look nearly similar whereas driving and earlier than opening, and even have small pearl-like dots within the center, i.e. in a faux light-emitting diode design. Because they will't mild up.

Infrequent passengers often stand on the practice doorways at practice stations and look forward to the inexperienced mild. But that can by no means come. That's why the doorways keep closed till a frequent passenger crows from behind: “I had to push!” This ICE 1 failure alone prices precious seconds at each station, which on a route from Berlin to Basel will definitely end in a delay of greater than a minute and a half add. I've already missed connecting trains due to 90 seconds like that.

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WELT: What recommendation do you could have for vacationers who’re completely depending on the practice? Do you could have any survival suggestions?

Werner: The first is: at all times have a banana in your baggage. The ICE on-board restaurant is nice, with scrumptious meals and good wine, however solely when the restaurant is open. What you’ll be able to't depend on. Due to an absence of employees, cooling failure, no deliveries, one thing like that. Drinking water is at all times on board in case of emergencies, however snacks should not essentially obtainable.

WELT: And the second tip?

Werner: Be form to the on-board employees. I haven't skilled a clean practice trip in years. Toilet closed, reservation misplaced, espresso machine out of the blue takes 20 minutes to scrub, doorways damaged, info displays solely present blue or nonsense. Something is at all times. But certainly not do you have to blame the on-board employees for all of this; they will't do something about it and are at their wits' finish themselves. Just inform your self that flying can be even worse.

WELT: Good level – the longest reckoning in your e book is for aviation. Why this weighting?

Werner: Because when touring by aircraft, not like touring by practice, every thing is now an imposition. Nothing, completely nothing, about flying to and from Germany is any pleasure. It begins with the ready occasions on the safety gates or – if issues are fast – later on the gate, the place you waste the hour and a half till departure.

Why don't we depend airport safety examine occasions as journey time? Airlines that then agree on sooner safety checks with the airports might promote shorter flight occasions. And we might get to the airport later.

WELT: There are additionally ready occasions elsewhere overseas.

Werner: But that may't be our benchmark. We wish to stay on the high of the world. And simply to justify the excessive ticket worth, Lufthansa must be premium. That means: higher than the others. The piece of Lufthansa chocolate for an estimated three cents when buying is sweet, however not essential for the reserving.

Just sleep: This is what some passengers do when the waiting times are unforeseeably long or flights are canceled

Chaos on the airport. Then typically the one factor that helps is sleep

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WELT: But what?

Werner: The service! Lufthansa has a number of catching as much as do. But additionally different airways. You can do it with us. Because we settle for that. This begins with the flight reserving. Just the process for choosing seats within the reserving course of in your laptop computer at dwelling!

For instance, you e book a flight from Lisbon to Berlin for 2 individuals. According to the graphic illustration of the cabin, the machine is at most a 3rd booked. But sadly the 2 seats provided without spending a dime reservation can’t be subsequent to one another. There is one in row 16 on the window and the opposite in row 24 on the aisle. Because facet by facet prices further. And loads of it.

WELT: You also can e book a flat fee.

Werner: But even then, we’re on our personal in terms of the providers included within the flight ticket. For instance, if you’re not cautious and base your whole weight on the outbound flight alone (for instance 23 kilos), you’ll have to endure and rummage by means of your baggage at check-in on the return flight (totally different airline, 20 kilos) and lovingly wrap it in worn underwear Discard wine bottle coolers with shell ornaments.

WELT: Isn't that far-fetched?

Werner: Okay, then one other instance, I name it the package deal booker bashing. Because anybody who buys a package deal vacation should at all times anticipate to be left behind digitally. If you e book a flight by means of TUI, for instance, the reserving code for on-line check-in could also be lacking as a result of the airline will not be a part of the TUI group. This is what occurred to me some time in the past: Because everybody who had booked instantly through the Easyjet web site was ready to decide on their favourite seat after which examine in on-line, TUI prospects had been solely left with the unpopular relaxation.

If the aircraft is overbooked, it turns into an actual nervous terror when the counter says: “I can't promise you that you can fly. You are one of the last to check in.” I describe dozens of such outrageous tales in my e book.

WELT: You are welcome so as to add another.

Werner: In Hanover they will't even handle to correctly hyperlink the TUI app with the check-in system of their subsidiary TUI fly. Then the app says: “checked in”. But the airline says: No, checking in on-line will not be potential. Reason on the hotline: I’ve booked a heat meal upfront. That's why I now have to hitch the queue on the counter and choose up my printed boarding go. Digital is just potential on an empty abdomen. This can be why I think about flying with a German airline within the twenty first century to be unreasonable.

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WELT: Now many Germans don't like flying anymore anyway. Do you really really feel ashamed of flying?

Werner: Flight disgrace? No, I can offset my CO₂ footprint with a compensation cost at Atmosfair, even when associates of mine see this as self-deception.

WELT: I don’t perceive that.

Werner: Well, my associates say issues like, “This is window dressing. Self-deception. Don't discuss good about flying. It can be higher to not fly.” I say: “Am I silly? If we compensate sufficiently and critically, no less than so far as CO₂ is anxious, it’s not higher to not fly, however simply pretty much as good. Or not?” My friends replied: “But it could be higher to donate to climate-friendly initiatives and never fly.” But then of course they fly – and don't compensate. Our friendship can easily handle it. But that's exactly what's typical of our country.

WELT: What do you mean by that?

Werner: We've been shaking our heads for years about the fact that companies in rural areas have to send faxes due to a lack of internet, that there aren't enough charging stations, that doctors' offices are still dealing with notes and stamps, that animals suffer in mass farming so that our daily tea sausage is 99 Cents cost. And then say: “Well. But that’s just the way it is.”

I think we have to put aside our fear of everything new and our apathy towards seemingly unchangeable developments. For example, if we accept the current passenger regulations and thereby completely abandon the claim to punctuality, who are we then? The one with the Chancellor with an eye patch and no speed limit.

Marcus Werner, born in 1974, is a lawyer, journalist and author. From 2004 he hosted the youth magazine “WOW Die Entdeckerzone” on Super RTL, has been running the “Lokalzeit OWL” since 2009 and is a columnist for “WirtschaftsWoche”. Born in Schleswig to a German father and a Swedish mother, Marcus Werner now lives in Bielefeld and Berlin. The 50-year-old loves traveling by train and has never had his own car.

We can't rush anything now!  40 reasons why Germany is smearing Marcus Werner Yes Publishing 224 pages 15 euros

We can't rush something now! 40 the reason why Germany is smearing Marcus Werner Yes Publishing 224 pages 15 euros

Quelle: Yes Publishing