‘This bus is driven by a German’: Outrage over anti-foreigner sign in Dresden

A bus driver in Dresden sparked outrage after placing a sign on the door of his vehicle that said: “This bus is driven by a German driver."

'This bus is driven by a German': Outrage over anti-foreigner sign in Dresden
The sign on the Dresden bus. Photo: DPA

A commuter took a picture of the A4 piece of paper attached to a window on the number 90 bus on Monday, and sent it to transport operator Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe (DVB) on Twitter.

Passenger Peter Dörffel, 23, who flagged up the sign which appeared to be anti-foreigner, said he wasn't surprised by the incident.

Dresden, a city in the eastern German state of Saxony, has long been viewed as a region in Germany with huge problems when it comes to xenophobic attitudes.

The Saxon capital is a bastion of the far-right and is the birthplace of the anti-Islam Pegida movement.

In November, the city declared it was facing a ‘Nazi emergency', amid rising violence and far-right sentiment.

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“It frightened me, most of all because it doesn't really surprise me anymore,” Dörffel told the news site Tag24.

“This kind of thing seems to be slowly becoming normal.”

DVB said the driver would no longer be allowed to operate the company's services.

“Such behaviour is absolutely unacceptable,” a DVB spokesman said. “We immediately contacted the appropriate subcontractor. Now the incident must be investigated.”

A spokesman from the subcontractor Satra Eberhardt GmbH said the situation was “shocking”.

The company is eager to attract drivers form outside of Germany to fill vacancies. 

“We are open to the world,” he said.

Users reacted angrily to the picture of the sign on Twitter, and #busfahrer (bus driver) was trending in Germany on Tuesday.

 “What the hell is that,” asked one user. “Mondays in Dresden: Bus driver discredits his colleagues,” wrote another.

Dresden's public transport authorities also reacted to the tweet online. “Hello, the news has already reached us. We're also wondering what's wrong with our colleague.”

In the tweet, DVB said the behaviour “would have consequences”.

It's not the only anti-foreigner story to grab headlines recently. Last week a landlord was fined after advertising a flat only 'to Germans'.


Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?

Several political parties in Germany have said they want to bring back sleeper trains in order to meet carbon emissions targets.

Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?
A sleeper train in Austria. Photo: dpa/APA | Georg Hochmuth

The Green party have said that they want to put state subsidies into night trains that will connect Germany with cities as far flung as St Petersburg in the north and Lisbon in the south.

According to the environmentalist party’s plans, 40 night rail lines could connect 200 destinations across the continent including islands like Mallorca, which would be linked in by train and ferry.

The Greens want the EU to buy a fleet of sleeper trains that could travel at speeds of between 200 km/h and 250 km/h.

The CDU have also announced plans to rebuild the country’s sleeper train services.

Deutsche Bahn stopped its last sleeper service in 2016 citing the high costs involved in maintaining its fleet that was not recuperated through ticket sales.

Earlier this year the state owned company said it had “no plans” to purchase new sleeper wagons.