The city of Sonneberg lies a stone’s chuck from a Bavarian limit in Thuringia, a south-western-most state in former easterly Germany.
Thuringia in 2015 became a initial state in post-reunification Germany to be governed by a initial apportion from a Linke (Left) celebration – part-successor to a Socialist Unity Party (SED) that ruled a former German Democratic Republic (GDR).
But now Sonneberg city authorities wish to take their race of 24,000 and decamp to Bavaria, Germany’s richest state.
Or, some-more accurately, a city wants a borders to be redrawn so that Bavaria expands north and envelopes Sonneberg.
Deputy mayor Heiko Voigt explained to The Local that a reasons are mercantile and informative rather than political.
“Sonneberg lies in an civic sequence that takes in a cities of Coburg, Neistadt and Sonneberg,” a emissary mayor explains.
“This ‘metropolitan area’ has 100,000 inhabitants though is separate in dual by a limit between Bavaria and Thuringia,” he says.
Most of Sonneberg’s mercantile relations are to a south with Bavaria, not a north, he goes on, observant that when it comes to tourism, infrastructure and commuters, Sonneberg faces identical hurdles and opportunities as a Bavarian neighbours.
Sonneberg lies on a Thuringian limit with Bavaria (blue). Image: Wikipedia Commons
Now a Thuringian state supervision in Erfurt wants to make a conditions even worse by redrawing inner county borders to sack Sonneberg of a position as an eccentric county and enslave it to a city of Suhl, 50 kilometres to a north-west.
But it’s not only mercantile ties that connect Sonneberg to Bavaria.
The city belongs to a ancestral dominion of Franconia, that stretches by most of northern Bavaria, and a locals pronounce a Franken chapter rather than a Saxon oral in northern Thuringia.
Sonneberg was cut off from a brethren by a Iron Curtain, though has worked tough given a tumble of a Berlin Wall to reconstruct these informative ties, Voigt says, adding that a skeleton to make Sonnenberg partial of Suhl district would repairs this tough work.
But a wish to burst boat strikes others as strange.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that underneath communism an temperament as being partial of a easterly also grown in Sonneberg.
“While many might have an affinity to Franconia – it is harder to trust they see themselves related to Bavaria, a land of Oktoberfest and Alpine panoramas,” a Munich-based paper writes.