On December 2, a ceremony will be held to mark the departure of Angela Merkel from the post of German Chancellor, which she held for almost 16 years. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the event will not be too large-scale: only 200 people will be invited to it. It will take place in the courtyard of the German Ministry of Defense in Berlin.
Some details of the upcoming event are already known, including quite unexpected ones. Thus, according to Spiegel, the list of songs personally chosen by the Chancellor for the ceremony includes the 1974 song Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen (“You Forgot Your Color Film”) – the hit of Nina Hagen, who is called “the mother of German punk”.
Probably, for Merkel, Hagen's early work is nostalgia for youth: at the time the song was released, the future German chancellor was 20 years old. During the ceremony, the composition of the legendary punk rocker will be performed by a military orchestra.
Other selected pieces of music by Merkel include a song by the German singer Hildegard Knef, popular in the 1950s and 1960s, and the Christian hymn Großer Gott, wir loben dich (“God, we praise you”), written in the 18th century.
It is a long-standing German tradition that politicians choose the songs to which they resign. According to a Spiegel source, Merkel expressed a desire to make her ceremony “unusually emotional.”