Germany – The party spirit in Germany after Lena’s victory in Oslo seems to be fading as German politician “Hans-Joachim Otto” from the governing party FDP has called for a small budget for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany. “It doesn’t have to be bigger, more dazzling, more pompous and more expensive every year“. Otto, who is the spokesperson of his party for media affairs, would prefer a “reduced to what is necessary and modest event” in keeping with Lena’s simple performance this year. At the same time Otto proposes Frankfurt am Main as host city, as “Mainhatten” has the best transport links (airport!). It won’t surprise you when I tell you, that Mr. Otto’s home and constituency is in Frankfurt am Main.
Director-General of the NDR, Lutz Mamor, has refuted the demand made by the politician. “Even small countries were able to deliver great shows in the last few years and Germany should be as good a host as they were for Europe”. Mamor says the NDR hopes not to spend more than the organisers did this year in Oslo (24 million €)
The FDP is currently facing turmoil and a steep loss in the polls, which might explain this rather populist comment.