As happy as I am with my life in Germany, I would be lying if I said I hadn’t experienced the famous German arrogance. Indeed, in the decade or so I have spent here, my daily existence has been peppered with such encounters. To some extent, being rendered practically invisible in bars and restaurants, and summarily snubbed and snapped at by staff at post offices, train stations and even shops, is regarded as part of life in Berlin – but could also be said to be part of the ‘German experience’, regardless of which part of the country you’re in. The experience got me thinking recently, about how culturally specific arrogance really is? Even a cursory inspection of the phenomenon reveals it’s hardly an exclusively German trait – the British and French suffer the exact same stereotypes, to name just two. To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free We’re glad you’re enjoying The Telegraph Register or subscribe to continue readingAlready a subscriber? Log in Register Free One… Read full this story
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