GERMANY – Speaking on 8 September, the parliamentary group CDU / CSU, a coalition with a relative majority in the Bundestag and directed by Angela Merkel, argued that Germany should be represented by a German song at the Eurovision Song Contest.
“We should use our language more confidently and emphasize its importance as a key to a good community life in our society,” said Elisabeth Motschmann, spokeswoman for the group’s cultural group.
“Most of the performers in our country sing in German and succeed as important ambassadors of our language … We are all obliged to avoid excessive use of English and to use our beautiful German language,” she said, deploring that Germany’s last participation in the Eurovision Song Contest with a German theme dates back to 2007, when Roger Cicero defended “Frauen regier’n die Welt” in Helsinki.
However, the last presence of the language in the contest was in charge of Austria in 2012, with Trackshittaz to defend “Woki mit deim Popo” in the semifinal in Baku.
After the declarations of Elisabeth Motschmann, the German NDR station, responsible for participating in the Eurovision Song Contest, said: “The conditions for participation in the preliminary decision for this year’s edition do not put any obstacles in German songs, being open to receive applications in all languages”.