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Sep 10 2008

Merkel’s 15% argument

Published by under Europe,Opinion

First published on my old blog on 2/2/2007. 

The siding of Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government this week with the German car manufacturers against an EU commission trying to force EU car manufacturers to produce “cleaner cars” (more environment friendly) was disappointing, to put it mildly.  [Read on]

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Sep 10 2008

About kissing and poverty in Africa

Published by under Europe,Opinion

First published on my old blog on 24/11/2005. 

Oops, first mistake, Frau Merkel! Your stance on the EU finance deadlock is wrong. Change tack while you still can and side with the “rooinekke” (Tony Blair’s people). Because the “kakies” are right on this issue and France is wrong.  [Read on]

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Sep 10 2008

The lost art of mass communication

Published by under Europe,Opinion

First reported on my old blog on 31/10/2005. 

It’s terrible to live in Germany in these days of coalition negotiations. And I’m an African! I can just imagine how incredibly frustrating and irritating it must be for the average German (with his huge need for things to be organised, clear and stable) to open his newspaper these days.  [Read on]

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Sep 09 2008

Why I would not vote for Schröder

Published by under Europe,Opinion

First published on my old blog on 10/8/2005. 

Gerhard Schröder is my favourite German politician. If I could vote, I would NOT vote for him. 

That’s the kind of logic we’ve come to expect of you, I hear you mumble. 

Ja, well. No. 

That’s the kind of logic I’ve learnt here in Germany, watching the German voters falling in and out of love with political parties faster than anyone can say “Bundesverfassungsgericht”.  [Read on]

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Sep 09 2008

When the going gets tough…

Published by under Europe,Opinion

First published on my old blog on 1/8/2005. 

In the past weeks I’ve been unashamedly pro-CDU and anti-SPD. And pro-Merkel. But, I’ve never been anti-Schröder. Although I really should be – to be consistent. [Read on]

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Sep 09 2008

Was ist los, Frau Merkel?

Published by under Europe,Opinion

First published on my old blog on 14/7/2005. 

Something’s wrong with Frau Merkel. Since her “inappropriate” speech during chancellor Schröder’s no confidence debate she looks like death warmed up. 

She looks tired, stressed, unhealthy, untidy and unhappy (even I couldn’t manage all those things on a bad day). Like someone who’s under huge stress. And can’t cope with it.  [Read on]

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Sep 08 2008

First prize for Germany: A short reform period

Published by under Europe,Opinion

First published on 3/6/2005 on my old blog

In the days after it became clear Germany would (or might) be going to the polls in September this year, public polls predicted a comfortable win for the opposition under Angela Merkel. I suspect this “comfortable win” will gradually evolve into “a tight race” as we get closer to election day in September.  [Read on]

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