Liberty muted by lost German loyalties

In Germany, as much of the Western world, allegiance to political and other groups is dissolving. It's not clear how such societies can move past superficial decision making to productive government.

If you ever wanted to see a German church moderately filled, you will now have to wait for another year. With the possible exception of natural disasters and other emergencies, Christmas is the only time you struggle to find a seat on a church bench.

Just over 40 per cent of all Germans claim to attend a church service at Christmas. On ordinary Sundays, fewer than 1 in 20 Germans can be found at church – down from 1 in 4 in the 1960s.



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