Germany as Chic As France, In The Eyes Of The Unexpected Ally


It is fair to say, Brits are an unexpected ally of the Germans for obvious reasons, but now more than ever, Germany, and all things associated with Germany are, well, cool. This is could not have been more apparent in the way Angela Merkel was treated to tea with Her Majesty during her state visit, while Francois Hollande had to make do with a pub lunch.

Of course the BBC were the first to catch onto this German trend back in 2011 with their “German series”. Watch award winning comic Al Murray talks us through the splendours of this culture rich country.

Deep German Roots In England

The 2001 UK Census recorded 266,136 people born in Germany meaning that they were the fourth-largest foreign group living in the UK. This is hardly surprising since the formation of England is largely due to the Anglo Saxons, arriving from modern day Germany. Heck, even the Royal Family are largely descended from German heritage, maintaining their German surname Saxe-Coburg-Gotha until 1917, only changing it to the more English-friendly “Windsor” during the anti-German period leading up to World War II.

Think about it, can you imagine a world without “The Lord of The Rings” written by J. R. R. Tolkien, a linguist of German roots (“Tolkien” derives from the German word “Tollkuhn” meaning “foolhardy”), or without actors Rupert Everett and Richard E. Grant both with German ancestry.