Some Bavarians demand Free Bavaria

Munich - Only a few books have been discussed as controversially among Bavarians as Wilfried Scharnagl's latest effort "Bayern kann es auch alleine" (Bavaria can also do it on its own). A book about Bavarian separatism and the idea of an independent Free State of Bavaria within the European Union? In this day and age? Many must have considered this at most an impossibility and at least an irrational idea.

However, sales figures for the book - which has yet to be translated into English - paint a different picture. If you have been on your way around town by car or tramway, it is almost certain you have come across one of the huge advertisements for Scharnagl's latest 191-page tome. Also, his book presentations in Munich, as well as Berlin of all places, have attracted huge crowds and enjoyed wide media coverage.

73-year-old Scharnagl is a journalist and veteran politician for the CSU. In his book, he demands independence or, at the very least, more autonomy for the Free State of Bavaria. In addition, he was a close personal advisor to former Bavarian state premier Franz Josef Strauß, which gives him a certain authority in a region of the country where Strauß has attained a kind of near sainthood.

The fact that Bavaria is part of Germany and not a sovereign state is a "historic tragedy" Scharnagl claims. Regarding the current financial crisis and the argument between the German states about the Laenderfinanzausgleich (financial equalization of German states), he thinks Bavaria is now in a "stranglehold" held in "double oppression" by Berlin and Brussels.

The author argues that federal measures to balance conditions in Germany have always damaged standards in Bavaria, such as the level of education, which he calls Bavaria's "crown jewel." Therefore, the book recommends Bavaria should leave the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as the European Union, and establish itself as a free state with Switzerland as its role model. He also writes of the "Scottish way" and suggests the model of Scotland's potential independence as a role model for the possibility of Bavaria dropping out of the German Republic. However, critics argue that Scharnagl cannot provide concrete concepts and mainly focuses on the historic facts that have led Bavaria to where it is today.

Write a comment ...
Post comment

Olympiaturm Turns 50

Munich's Olympic Tower was  opened exactly 50 years ago - on February 22nd 1968 - for the first time. With its exactly 291.28 meters, it is to this...

Why Hillary Is Good For Your Health

Hillary the hawk at Stachus
Passing through the basement floor at Stachus these days you might not be sure if you can trust your eyes, as Hillary the Harris Hawk is likely to...

Oh dear, Obikes

Obike Muenchen
So far since launch, 6800 Obikes bikes have been positioned in Munich. More and more of these bicycles-for-rent are being deliberately damaged. Not...

Winter Tollwood 2017

Tollwood Winter Festival
Tollwood Winter Festival 2017 is currently taking place at the Theresienwiese in Munich.
This year's festival motto is: "We, all. Let's stand up and...

Engineering Jobs Fair in Munich

Munich Engineering Jobs - accepting CVs
The Association of German Engineers (VDI) is hosting its annual engineering recruitment fair on Thursday 16th November in Munich. The day-long event...

Second S-Bahn weekend maintenance closures

SBahn delays
For the second - and last - time of the year, the S-Bahn Stammstrecke (main line) will be out of service due to repair and maintenance works.


Munich Security Conference 2018 - City Center becomes a restricted area

Munich Security Conference 2018
This year's Munich Security Conference (MSC) will be held from February 16 - 18th, 2018 at the "Hotel Bayerischer Hof" again. On the agenda are, in...

Institutionalist Ciudadanos won the election, but pro independence parties retain majority

Ines Arrimadas, leader of Ciudadanos with 37 seats obtained most of the support from voters (25,3), but it wasn´t enough to break a majority of pro...

DB Sprinter Hits Technical Issues

It should have been the glorious end of a long and expensive journey; after more than 25 years of planning, political discussions, building halts and...

Is an Executive MBA Worth it?

Chicago Booth MBA
The Future of Business Education: Is an Executive MBA Worth it? Join Chicago Booth in Munich for a candid panel discussion and audience Q&A with...

Rosenheimerplatz Knife Attack - multiple victims

UPDATE: Munich police have now confirmed the man being held is in fact their prime suspect and the emergency situation is now over. UPDATE: a man...

Munich Top City for IT and Engineering

Munich top city for engineering jobs
Back in 2014, a study by the European Commission confirmed that Munich is the city that offers Information and Communication Technology (ICT)...

Advertise with The Munich Eye
Public Service Advertisements
Shades of Love
Spanish Finca for rent Web Site Optimisation
Newspaper sudoku