Thuringia premier calls for new German national anthem
9 May 2019
Bodo Ramelow, who is the state premier of Thuringia, said many Germans could not identify with the current anthem, Deutschlandlied or Song of Germany, which was composed by Joseph Haydn in 1797.
Ramelow, who belongs to the Left party (Die Linke) said now was a good time to change the anthem, since the country will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this year, which led to German reunification the following year in 1990.
Ramelow said he himself sings along to the anthem in its modern form but says it still brings to his mind images of the "Nazi marches from 1933 to 1945".