A parliamentary question to the culture minister in Berlin has revealed, in a 58-page bury-it-deep reply, that the federal government is not just subsidising high culture for the betterment of the nation.
borderline-fascist acts in emergent nations in the former Soviet Bloc.
Die Toten Hosen – the dead pants in any other tongue – pocketed 68,000 Euros of taxpayers money for five gigs in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Read more here.
It’s not so much the money they took as the nature of the regimes they entertained. All three are hard-line authoritarian police states that jail people en masse for a mere hint of dissent. What appeals to them about dead pants? Maybe this.