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While you are making fun of Spiegel - take a look at this:

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,373528,00.html

I can see a Grand Coalition ahead - Yai !!
That will provide us with even better inner security plus even less tolerance against troubling minorities and criminals. And not to forget: Such a dominant political majority would enable the government to even more advance German interests in foreign politics :)

I would so love to see the same political stability in germany like it is in bavaria for decades!

Maybe I m a little euphoric now - but that news made me cheer in happiness :D

Gerhard's cohort in crime, Jacko's not so well off at this point in time, what's Gerhard going to do?

You seem to be concerned that Schroeder might win the elections...

In case you are hoping that there will be less Bush bashing if Merkel wins, check out, what a CDU minister of one of the German states said:
Mr. Renner said that Bush should be "shot" because of his handling of the Katarina crisis. He added that in German no politician would politically survive. He said he meant "shot" in a political sense. He apologized later on, but still...
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,373611,00.html

I guess, you still got plenty to write if Merkel wins...

My "theory" has been that you are campaigning for Schroeder's defeat, so that there will be less Bush bashing in Germany and you would not need to work so hard on this blog day and night, but get more of a chance to hang out and relax ;-)

(Yes, yes, I know, you have been critical of the CDU and the FDP as well and don't like them very much either.)

@ Atlanticus:

When in german language someone says that another one "deserves to be shot" that isnt quite as harsh as it sounds in english language, such expressions are made very lightly in german.
For example when I visited my parents recently, i also met their 80-year-old neighbour. And when he was talking about german politics, he complained about Schroeders policy and german politicians in general by saying "they all deserve to be put in the gas chamber - all together!"

In german it would be "dafür gehört er sich doch erschossen" and "vergast gehören sich die - alle miteinander!"
So such expressions really sound less harsh in german..

@ Atlanticus:

"My "theory" has been that you are campaigning for Schroeder's defeat, so that there will be less Bush bashing in Germany and you would not need to work so hard on this blog day and night, but get more of a chance to hang out and relax ;-)"

Nice theory. I wish. I don't think a CDU victory would fundamentally alter media attitudes towards the US nor would it greatly change fundamental attitudes in the German populace. And that is really what this site is about. So I expect we will be busy regardless of the election's outcome.

Interesting how french the Germans are becoming.

Zyme: "i also met their 80-year-old neighbour. And when he was talking about german politics, he complained about Schroeders policy and german politicians in general by saying "they all deserve to be put in the gas chamber - all together!"

Aw, that's all right Zyme. We might be slow but we know a good knee-slapper when we see one. By the way, did these 80 year olds also have a few of them there slaves back in the war years, like your folks did? Gee, I bet those foreigners got cracking over those chores when the old "vergast gehören sich die - alle miteinander!" joke was thrown around! No wonder Germans are famous for their sense of humor!

@ SeanM

Uhhh - cool down will ya?
I didnt say that these expressions are jokes, ok? They just dont sound THIS serious in german as they sound in english allright?

A tour de force parody of the MSM in Germany and the US.

"Du gehörst erschossen" oder umgangssprachlicher "Du gehörst an die Wand gestellt" hat die selbe Bedeutung wie "Fuck up".

Der Begriff der "Gaskammer" wird aus historischen Gründen nur noch von sehr rechtsorientierten Leuten benutzt.

@zyme ... you said...

In german it would be "dafür gehört er sich doch erschossen" and "vergast gehören sich die - alle miteinander!"
So such expressions really sound less harsh in german..

@zyme..
probably sound less harsh because they have been used quite a bit more frequently in Germany than anywhere else..
the more you hear something the less it schocks..
and I am sure THOSE two phrases have been thrown around ALOT in Germany.. say from 1939-1945

Zyme you are really a piece of work.

@ arniexpat

a "piece of work" ? Sorry, I m not familiar with this expression..

*?*

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