Cars set on fire in Italy, unhygienic circumstances in lower Manhattan – the Occupy Wall Street Movement sent some drastic pictures around the world over the weekend. Of course, the movement caused some stir in Germany as well: about 40,000 people in Berlin, Frankfurt, and other Germany cities were protesting on the streets.
In Spain, Greece, and the USA, the protests are the reaction to an immediate cause: the financial crisis has an immediate effect on the every day life of these countries’ citizens. Germany, on the other hand, the stable haven for investors from all over the world, actually profited from the crisis. If the German citizens are impacted less directly than other people world wide, who are the protesters on the streets, and what are they protesting?