At the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany, which, most likely, was the last for the acting. Chancellor Angela Merkel, she was not left without gifts.
The outgoing Merkel, who in the first half of December can hand over the reins of government to Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, was handed over by her colleagues a dogwood bush seedling in a pot. Spiegel online drew attention to the symbolic name of the plant variety Carpe Diem, which means “Seize the moment” in Latin. This expression is found even in the odes of Horace, who called on his contemporaries to “enjoy the present.”
For Merkel, who has been at the head of the country for the past 16 years, this appeal should sound at least comforting.
And the Bild tabloid notes that the dogwood bush produces black fruit, which is considered a symbol of her Christian Democratic Union. However, in the current situation, this hint looks rather sad. Apparently, Christian Democrats remain outside the ruling coalition and go into opposition. At least, if everything goes well with the Social Democrats, the Greens and the liberals, who are going to present their draft coalition agreement just today, on November 24.
Finally, the most sophisticated political scientists with a botanical bias discerned another hidden meaning in the gift: as you know, the soil for the dogwood must be damp, in German – sauer. As you know, Joachim Sauer is the husband of Mrs. Merkel, who will now be able to spend more time with him.
In addition, the likely successor to Merkel as chancellor, Olaf Scholz, handed her – this time without any subtext – a luxurious bouquet of flowers, which she was sincerely delighted with.