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One thing I love about German politics is its entertainment value; fuelled mainly by politicians' predilection for rhetorical hyperbole and use of rare edgy words (you may have noticed in my diaries). A more severe case of this is when politicians try to fill the summer news drought - AFAIK English has the word "silly season" for this, but the German equivalent Sommertheater ( = summer theatre) seems stronger and much more in use.

Ah, gotcha.

But Merkel being perceived as getting in Obama's way could actually be a German electoral issue?

Just to refresh my memory, help me out here: The SPD is the socialist party, and the CSU is basically synonymous at the federal level with the Christian Dems (led by Merkel)?

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Jul 18th, 2008 at 02:16:47 PM EST
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