By Constantin Radut
For three days I read and re-read a reportage written by Stefan Schultz in the German newspaper Der Spiegel. I have always wondered: to write or not to write about the humiliation to which European citizens in Germany are subjected.
But today, I read another news, taken from the Romanian news agency, Agerpres. Italian regional mayors and governors are said to have bought a page in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Tuesday to ask Germany to show solidarity with the epidemic generated in Italy by the new coronavirus.
The initiative highlights the growing resentment of Italians against what is considered Germany’s indifference to their critical situation in the context of Berlin refusing to respond to calls from other countries on debt sharing to help their economies in difficulty.
“Dear German friends, memory helps in making the right decisions,” the letter states, evoking a 1953 agreement aimed at reducing Germany’s debt in order to help it rebuild its economy after the war.
But the Germans have no mercy, they do not have the generosity of other people.
Thus, “Schwarzarbeiter in der Coronakrise” / “Illegal workers in a time of crisis”, the report in Der Spiegel tells the story of three Bulgarians who came to Germany to earn a penny, by work, not by thief or theft. Like many other citizens from Poland, Hungary, the countries of the former Yugoslavia and, of course, also from Romania. Many men and women from Eastern Europe went to Germany to raise money for the well-being of their families.
Der Spiegel shows us the true face of these “gold seekers” in 21st century Germany.
Most of them are starving. Now they are also dead because of coronavirus. Germany does not give two money on the citizens of Eastern Europe.
The migrant workers from Eastern Europe are defenseless in the crown crisis. Those who get sick often lose their jobs and shelters. There is almost no medical care.
Three Bulgarian workers, Stamismir, Sergey, Dimitar are day workers, Der Spiegel tells us. They work 12 hours a day and stay three in an iron container turned into a bedroom. I pay each 250 euros per month to this “hotel”.
Is this El Dorado in Germany? When leaving their home country (either Bulgaria, Romania or Poland) and arriving in Germany, many friends envy them. Look, these went to Germany! In fact, most are starving. They have shame. But they are targeted by ironies such as this reportagefrom Der Spiegel.
Since the coronavirus pandemic started, things are even worse for Eastern European migrants. Especially since they work in black, as Der Spiegel tells us. From what S.S. writes, they, the three Bulgarians are guilty of working without a work contract. The journalist from Der Spiegel does not let it be understood that the culprits must first of all be the employers. Working in the black? Is Germany an underground economy? Well, well, but Frau Merkel has been telling us for 10 years that only Romania and other states in Eastern Europe are outside the law! Mind? Of course, mind!
Since the crisis came, Stamismir, Sergey, Dimitar are completely out of the law. But also outside of German society. They are marginalized. They can die like dogs, because they do not have social insurance. Now some NGOs give them jobs. But tomorrow? Not known. They can disappear without a trace, they are not German citizens.
The story of the three Bulgarians reminded me of a few Romanians of German nationality who went to Germany from Romania after the fall of the Iron Curtain. They did high school at Deta (a small town near Timisoara). I met them at an anniversary moment in this small town. At a glass of wine, some of them began to tell the truth about their true life in Germany. It is difficult, they said, we will return to Romania but we are ashamed, we do not want to rid the world of ourselves. “I have a pension of almost 1000 euros, but I can only spend my days, spend nothing on fun,” says Martha. For her and her husband, the greatest joy of life is the annual visit to Romania.
This is Germany. A country for Germans, not for others.
The poor the Italian Mayors! I am sorry that they have come to seek the help of Germany. They will never receive it.
Isn’t that Der Spiegel?
By Constantin Radut