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Passau in eastern Bavaria lies at the confluence of the Rivers Inn (which originates in the Austrian Alps), the Danube, and the much smaller Ilz. The combined river goes on to flow through Hungary, Serbia, Roumania and Bulgaria to the Black Sea. The fascist AfD did worryingly well in the region in the 2017 German elections (14%).

Passau and its Rivers

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse01 May 2018

Nesting jackdaws collect twigs,
Silver necks and blue eyes
Gleaming in their gloss.

The Inn, mountain-clouded,
And the green-clear Danube
Flow together in milky separation

As Germany strains
At taut moorings
By the heart of Europe.

But a third river runs small,
Unnoticed through the gorge
It carved around the fortress.