Lately a new phrase has found its way into political and social sciences, the phrase is "Wendehals."|
... Wendehals is a German phrase that means (orn.) wryneck -
(Wende = turn (ing) point, change, new epoch; Hals= neck, throat, gullet.) It is used to refer to those people who were part of the old system in communist Eastern Europe and profited from it the most, and after the fall of communism they turned (their necks) around and pretended to be (and always were) good democrats. They profited again from the new system. This phenomenon could also be observed in many other parts of the world, in Chile, Latin America, China, Egypt, Libya..., even in Fascist-Italy and Nazi-Germany they were part of the system before, during and after WWII.
- Wendehals anticipates (political) change and act accordingly,
- Wendehals has no principals, only his own interests matter,
- Wendehaels (p.) keep their strong business, social and political
- Wendehals survives all political and social changes,
- Wendehals is able to justify everything anytime to anybody.
...So watch out!