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The youth crime law debate was held in the German parliament. Very heated and emotional exchanges, which saw the Union parties (e.g. CDU and CSU) isolated: even the FDP stood by their liberal roots. What's more, the FDP speaker criticised cuts at the wrong place (police & justice) by Koch in Hessen state.

However, Koch remains anything but isolated within the Union parties, who named him head of a committee on "safety in public places"...

Much good points have been made that had also been made earlier. But the rhetorical quip of the day belongs to foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD), who called for sanity to prevail, but followed up with this curious formulation (hehe):

Treibt in einer so ernsten Frage nicht jeden Tag eine neue Sau durchs Dorf! In such a serious question, let's not hunt a new pig across town every single day!

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Jan 16th, 2008 at 04:37:44 PM EST

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