Climate Protection Policy in Germany: YouTubers and Scientists united against the Government?

Rezo is a popular 26-year-old YouTuber based in the German university town Aachen, who normally posts funny clips and videos about music on his two YouTube channels. However, on May 18, 2019 he posted an unusually long video, which lasted almost an hour. He called the video “The destruction of the CDU”. The CDU (Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands) is the conservative governing party of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Right at the beginning of the video the YouTuber makes it clear that destruction in this sense is only meant metaphorically. He moves on to explain that it is the purpose of the video to present reasons and proof why the governing party actually de-legitimizes itself with its own politics. However, he does not exclusively take a swipe at the conservative party, but also at the party of the Social Democrats (SPD - Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands), which form a coalition government with the CDU in Germany.