Angela Merkel's ouster ceremony, a handbook for normal peoples: Three songs, precise choreography and torches
Germany will accompany Angela Merkel from power with a ceremony that serves as a manual for all other peoples.
Last night soldiers appeared holding torches representing creation and regeneration, as a symbol that challenges continue and are passed on to others. This is the first part of the ceremony to be held next week.
Three songs selected by Angela Merkel herself will be played accompanied by a precise choreography by the marching band.
Angela Merkel is leaving after 16 years in office and is expected to officially take over from Olaf Scholz in the middle of next week.
Due to coronavirus limitations, the handover ceremony will be more modest than those honored by her predecessors Gerhard Schröder and Helmut Kohl when they left office.
Merkel has reportedly invited only about 200 people, including the 52 ministers who have served under her term and current European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
As the backbone for her departure ceremony, Merkel is said to have chosen the Christian anthem Großer Gott, wir loben Dich (Holy God, we praise your name), Hildegard Knef's song "Für mich soll's rote Rosen regnen" (Must rain red roses for me). Nina Hagen's "Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen" (You forgot the color film) - the latter of the '70s was chosen by her as a homage to education in East Germany, something she rarely did while she was in duty.