By Humphrey Carter

IS Germany's love affair with its most favourite outpost Majorca on the wane? This Summer, two of the country's most influential publications, Bild am Sonntag and Stern have run features on the more darker and sinister side of the island a group of German politicians were once over heard discussing buying in a Palma bar.

Bild focused on the sleazy side of the Playa de Palma, the prostitutes, street parties and crime.
Now this week, the front page of Stern magazine is dedicated to Majorca with the headline “The darker side of the holiday island.” The magazine, which sells 800'000 copies, has investigated the affects the recession and government cut backs have had on the island, in particular some of the holiday destinations.

Stern dedicates nine pages to its investigation which reveals that, while most Germans have the opinion that Majorca is recession proof - it is not and that the island is fighting against corruption, poverty and social disharmony. It describes the island as “Sicily without the guns.” It does admit that the island is beautiful etc. butl it warns, “scratch under the surface and you will find the cruel reality.” The feature also mentions the gangs of organised prostitution, the Son Banya drugs den and all this accompanied by a set of stark photographs which make Majorca look like the Bronx, or worse.

If the Germans think they own Majorca, why do they not help then?


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