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Abolish time change – what now?

ROLEX DAYTONA 1988, detail

The majority of Germans and Europeans are in favour of abolishing the tiresome time change. What is the state of affairs and what is the way forward? And why did one actually come up with the (stupid) idea to introducethe time change?

More than 80 percent for the abolition of the time change. The vote could hardly have been clearer! It’s not surprising. And now? A majority is said to have voted in favour of permanent summer time. Respondents were also able to indicate this special preference.

Also interesting: Of the 4.6 million participants, more than three million come from Germany.

However, this result has apparently not yet been officially proclaimed, but “leaked out”. There may simply be formal legal reasons for this, or it could also be seen as the EU’s reservation for referendums. A spokesperson for the European Commission said that the Commissioner responsible, Violeta Bulc, would first inform her colleagues about the results of the survey and then discuss the next steps with the Commission. You might find that a little strange, by the way: A vote is being started with years of lead time which, due to the number of participants, puts everything else in the shade and, furthermore, it is a topic that is at most apolitical and the Commission does not seem to have any if-then automatism in its drawer, but first has to consult? What should be discussed with a simple yes/no question? Well, it’s yours if you have to, if the result is right in the end.

Or perhaps a compromise should be negotiated, say: 30min time change? It says: The Brussels authority is currently examining how to proceed with the time change regulated by EU law. The online survey should explicitly not be a referendum or the sole deciding factor. Aha, so that was only the query of a mood picture, which one probably already has for 30 years by duztend (street) surveys..

After all, some politicians have realised that it would be quite stupid to oppose the wish of”the people” on such a banal subject. CDU Member of the European Parliament Peter Liese told the Westfalenpost that he is counting on a quick proposal of the EU Commission for abolition. “This means that the law could be passed before the European elections next May,” said Liese. “If the outcome of a consultation is so obvious, the European bodies cannot ignore it.”

And why do we even have this silly rule? Something about saving energy – that’s why there’s a time change, almost everyone knows. The explanations why this should save energy are already less clear… Yeah, kind of dark in the morning, so sooner, uh, later and heating maybe or factories?

In the Handelsblatt, Korbinian von Blanckenburg, professor of economics at the Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, said that putting the clocks back and forth would not bring any economic advantages. And he’s not the first to say so. A reform is therefore overdue.

Even before the survey, it was clear that a large majority of Germans would like to see the time changeover abolished following a new Forsa survey. According to a representative study by the Forsa Institute, a total of 73 percent of those questioned are in favour of abolishing the switchover. The Forsa survey on time change was carried out on behalf of DAK-Gesundheit. In February, the European Parliament called on the EU Commission to carefully examine the advantages and disadvantages of the time change and to end it if necessary.

We’ll report back when there’s news! We no longer have to put our (complete) Rolex collection on it twice a year! Because even a watch winder won’t help.