“The greater part of our people have fallen into an inferno of immorality. In the immensity of our guilt and the depth of our disgrace, our defeat has no parallel in world history. Let us face the bitter fact that we are despised and hated in the whole world.” – German poet Johannes R. Becher, 1945

“You can’t solve the tasks by charisma.” — German Chancellor Angela Merkel, 2020

Germany paid the ultimate price in 1945 for the worst screaming talking head in the history of the planet.

Today we find in Deutschland a virtual total absence of screaming, foaming and fermenting talking heads. In fact, the Germans have become langweilig or even boring. More or less Alles ist in Ordnung in das Land in der Mitte of Europe. Instead of being one of the most despised and loathed nations, Germany is one of the reliable countries, if not among the most admired.

What a difference 75 years and one enduring Democracy can make.

As Merkel approaches her 16th year as Bundeskanzlerin (tying German unifier Helmut Kohl for the longest tenure as modern Germany’s head of state), she seems at peace with her persona conveyed by her smart professional basic color jackets and straight forward remarks.

As a Germanophile and student of the German language, culture and history, Almost DailyBrett is a daily fan for years of ARD1’s Tagesschau or Daily Show of news and information. The radio, television and digital network was established in 1950, one year after the end of the occupation and the formation of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland).

One of the reasons your author consumes CNBC every day for primarily market and business stories is the infrequent amount of bickering and arguing on its programs. If there are disagreements, they are pleasurable in their debates. If one wants to raise blood pressure gauges, Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo on CNN are at your service.

Similarly, Tagesschau’s reports and corresponding dialogues are with very few exceptions calm and measured. Charisma — much less demagoguery– is not on display in the network’s professional reports. Most importantly, there is a total absence of editorial opinion appearing in drag as news coverage. Maybe the New York Times could relearn the principles of journalism from the Germans?

Even the ARD1’s coverage of next year’s Chancellor election between expected standard bearers, Christian Socialist Bavarian (CSU) Minister President Markus Söder and Social Democrat (SPD) Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, appears to be downright tame compared to the daily sniping between Donald Trump and Joe Biden now, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn last year.

31.03.2020, Bayern, München: Markus Söder (l. CSU), Ministerpräsident von Bayern, und Olaf Scholz (SPD), Bundesminister der Finanzen,

The Brits in particular seemed obsessed with the concept that whatever the two nations attempt since the end of World War II, Germany inevitably does it better. When it comes to “football,” the Germans always win.

Part of the reason the United Kingdom refused to adopt the Euro was it did not relish paying its bills with the Deutsch Mark in disguise. More to the point it pulled out of the European Union (EU) because didn’t want to be seen as taking orders from Berlin and Paris.

What would Winston Churchill think?

“Notes From A Grown-Up Country”

“Viewed by some as a nation of square-jawed robots whose language sounds like something awful in the drains, whose cars out-perform all others and whose football team seldom loses, the Germans seem unassailable.” — “The Xenophobe’s Guide To The Germans,” 1993

“Today’s surge of enthusiasm for the Teutonic model is striking. It comes after a long period of Anglo-Saxon triumphalism in which the British got into the habit of dismissing the Germans as dinosaurs.” — Bagehot, “Learning German,” The Economist, August 29, 2020

The obvious implication from the subtitle of English author John Kampfner’s newest book, Why The Germans Do It Better, is Britain’s struggles to keep up with Europe’s adults in the room, the Germans.

The most shining example offered is Germany’s success against the nasty Covid-19 bug with its developed and efficient  universal state and local health care system (e.g., Robert Koch Institute). According to The Economist, Germany lost fewer than 10,000 to the virus, Britain more than 40,000. Germany’s 4th largest in the world economy “suffered far less damage as a result.”

The Brits are now implementing their own version of the Robert Koch Institute. Will it work for the UK or will it be too little, too late?

The BBC even took the reality television route in 2013 to demonstrate the UK’s growing Germanophilia with a Brit couple leaving their ruddy isle for the land of Bier und Wurst, “Make Me A German.”

In Germany, there are rules and regulations to follow. The Germans initially come across as stern and regimented, but everything seems to work for Europe’s reluctant hegemon.

And yet there is a calmness in Germany. If you are looking for screaming and finger pointing on television and social media, there are plenty of other countries which will fit the bill, most notably Britain and the United States.

If you are yearning for a grown up country, professional and mature: Germany is at your service.