Fight over nude swimming marks return of pre-pandemic banalities in Europe
Sitting fully dressed in his backyard, pro-nudist council member Thomas Held, 54, acknowledged that the interest in his fight against swimming trunks was “very strange.”
“I think there are so many more important things,” he added.
As elsewhere in Europe where coronavirus outbreaks have been brought under control, the snapback in Germany to familiar routines and more trivial problems has been rapid — for some, jarringly so.
Germany is now experiencing what may be its sharpest economic contraction since the war, and it has reported more than 9,000 coronavirus deaths. Still, it has so far been spared the worst of the pandemic and its fallout.
“Us humans, we don’t care too much about what’s happening 6,000 kilometers away,” said psychologist Andreas Mojzisch of the University of Hildesheim. “Most Germans don’t know anyone personally who has been infected.”
He added that the quick easing of restrictions by German federal states has contributed to a feeling that “the crisis is over.”
[Source: Washington Post]