Does Greta Thunberg have a nervous breakdown

Greta Thunberg demonstrates with thousands in Hamburg

Her colleague, Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD), took a gentler course: She defended the efforts of the students under the motto "Fridays For Future". "We should be happy" that the students are committed to their future, she said on the SWR radio show "Talk of the Day". Because of the compulsory school attendance you can "not do it permanently", but first of all the commitment is impressive.

Hamburg's school senator Ties Rabe (SPD) also pleaded for turning a blind eye this time. The world needs responsible and committed citizens. "And on the last day before the holidays, we should react with a sense of proportion if someone does not go to school for one reason."

In principle, however, truancy is unacceptable, according to the former teacher. "Otherwise school will be canceled every day for whatever reason - there are enough problems and occasions in the world. Nobody improves the world by skipping school." In addition, it is not particularly convincing in the long term if the political commitment takes place during school days, of all things. The dispute over compulsory schooling had little effect on the enthusiasm on Hamburg's Rathausplatz.

In Hamburg, the school authorities had taken a clear position before the demo: Anyone who takes to the streets to protect the climate during school is considered truant - with all the disciplinary consequences: from the entry in the certificate to the conversation with the parents. Hamburg's Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD), however, mingled with the demonstrators on Friday and spoke to students. "Listen. Take it seriously. Offer a conversation," tweeted the spokesman for the Hamburg Senate.