Sitting in Starbucks in Tegel airport fritting away my last € coins before the flight back home.

I want to tell the linkspartei that I’m leaving the country (and therefore the party), but my only proper contact is a deputy in the Bundestag and I don’t think they deal with membership stuff. If I delay long enough, once I get on this plane I’ll be gone and it won’t matter anymore.

Anyway I was never an active member of the linkspartei, I mean I went to a few events, read their programme, but can’t say I really participated. I only kept going out of a sense of civic duty, which is odd because at least for a while I believed in their vision of a reformist left-social democratic politics. Maybe I would’ve been more enthusiastic if I was more involved.