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Peer Steinbrück Stumbles in Effort to Unseat Angela Merkel in Germany - NYTimes.com

In another memorably odd line in the interview, Mr. Steinbrück said he did not find money "erotic."

Mr. Steinbrück is hardly the first politician to earn speaking fees, but the sum raised eyebrows, particularly in a left-leaning party whose members still call each other "comrade" at official events. And it made his calls for higher pay for the chancellor all the more surprising.

With reports showing a shrinking German middle class, a raise for the chancellor, who currently receives about $390,000 a year in total compensation, would not seem like a particularly winning campaign issue. In the interview he pointed out that many bank managers earned more than the head of Germany's government.

maybe that would be normal in italy but in germany... surreal.

sometimes poltics seems like a room full of little boys you know shoudn't be playing with matches.

monti and merkel may be terrible leaders, but they do come across as adults, if delusional ones.

i'm starting to see why mig's predictions about merkel's political longevity make sense. :(

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 08:27:46 AM EST
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