Angela Merkel is to be adopted as Chancellor with a big tattoo. According to media reports, the date for the ceremony has been set. Details have already been leaked.
Berlin – Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is loud about her departure from the political stage mirrors more modest than their predecessors. The internal plans provide that Merkel will be honored on December 2 with a big tattoo by the Bundeswehr on the premises of the Ministry of Defense.
Initially, the Chancellor had voted for a ceremony in the courtyard of the Chancellery. The area there is too small for torchbearers, the staff music corps of the Bundeswehr and the guests of honor to be expected. Merkel’s predecessors had celebrated their tattoos in a more pompous manner. Former CDU Chancellor Helmut Kohl had the Bundeswehr deployed in front of the backdrop of the Imperial Cathedral in Speyer in 1998. In 2005, the Bundeswehr organized a ceremony for Gerhard Schröder (SPD) with around 800 invited guests.
Big tattoo: Merkel’s music wishes are still a secret
Merkel’s music wishes become that mirrors according to still treated as a secret. The selection of pieces for the big tattoo at the end of a term of office is a very special statement.
The Great Zapfenstreich is the highest military ceremony of the Bundeswehr, with which the Federal Chancellor and Federal President are bid farewell. The honorees can traditionally ask for three to four songs, which are then played by the staff music corps of the Bundeswehr.
Farewell to Angela Merkel: This is how it went with her predecessors
Speaking of music: In 2005, Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder played “Summertime” from George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess” and Kurt Weill’s “Moritat von Mackie Messer” from Bertolt Brecht’s “Threepenny Opera”. Then a trumpeter performed Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” – which moved the Chancellor to tears.
His predecessor Helmut Kohl also wept when he was the first head of government of reunified Germany to bid farewell with a big tattoo in 1998. In addition to the Great Elector’s horseback march and the chorale “Now thank all God”, Kohl chose the European anthem “Ode to Joy”.
Angela Merkel and French President Macron create an emotional scene when they say goodbye. But the Chancellor seems a bit stiff. * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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