I’m sure everybody remembers “Merkel Legos”, those ugly concrete blocks with knobs on top that were installed in many German cities after the vehicular jihad at the Christmas market in Berlin.
The latest iteration of the same concept is the Merkel Christmas Tree, which is both decorative and functional. It adds a festive touch to those sidewalks where cultural enrichment might otherwise decide to encroach.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this RT video, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|02:02||I think it’s quite OK. These newer ones are quite nice.|
|02:07||Kinda funny these Christmas trees, concrete Christmas trees.|
|02:23||I don’t really see an advantage or disadvantage. Maybe you feel a little safer because of it.|
|02:31||In the beginning, the last few years when they starting using them, I was even somewhat skeptical.|
|02:36||Imagine when a car runs into one of these blocks and it shoots 20 yards in the air through the huts.|
|02:41||That wouldn’t be so great, but I think it’s a bit of a deterrent.|
|02:53||Naturally, I’m absolutely thrilled about the new barricade bollards in the form of Christmas trees.|
|02:59||Whoever had the idea should receive prize money and three stars.|
|03:04||Otherwise, we feel very safe at the Christmas market.