Interestingly, or not, the question of sedition hasn't yet come up in
discussions over EU federalism. One could imagine that certain member
states change their minds and will want to leave (as per Brexit example)
the union. At this time such a desire would be satisfied by simply
dispatching a note to Brussels. In the future, however, it could become a
more complex matter, raising again the issue of sedition on a Pan-European
scale. Whither the German tongue?
Poland / Norway
On Sun, 11 Dec 2022, 12:26 epostboxx, <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 11. Dec 2022, at 00:44, David Ritchie wrote:
they have that word.
“This week you might ask some Germans. Or maybe not; I don’t know if
This week Heinrich XIII, Prince Reuss of Greiz and 25 of his most faithful
subjects were arrested by the German police. According to Wikipedia,
“[t]he General Federal Prosecutor Office said: 'The arrested suspects
belong to a terrorist organization which was founded by the end of November
2021 at the latest and which has set itself the goal of overthrowing the
existing state order in Germany and replacing it with its own form of
state, the outlines of which have already been worked out.'"
There doesn't seem to be a single German word for the English "seditious";
Apple's Dictionary app gives "aufrührerisch staatsgefährdend" - i.e., an
adjective applied to legal offences that are "state-threatenly
inflammatory" or "inflammatorily state-threatening" (take your pick). That
same app translates the appellation "Aufruhrer" as "rabble-rouser";
according to the General Federal Prosecutor, the suspects arrested have
gone a little further than that.
The Guardian has a current article on current events involving 'seditious'
German groups on its website:
The Reichsbürger plot: sinister plan to overthrow the German state or just
a rag-tag revolution?
And for more on the Reichsbürger Movement, see:
The whole movement seems ridiculous ("back to the German borders of 1937",
'restoration' of the monarchy, etc.) but has been taken seriously enough by
the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (Federal Office for the Protection of
the Constitution - which has been monitoring the group since 2016) to
ultimately initiate raids this week involving thousands of police officers
searching "more than 130 sites (including homes, offices, and storage
facilities) throughout Germany, one of the largest anti-extremist raids in
the nation's history." [Wikipedia]
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