Monday, April 24, 2006
A bum wrap
Regular readers of Simply Appalling know our utter contempt for tabloids—too many pictures, not enough words. But sometimes they're our only source, as is the case today in which the European scene is epitomized by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's bottom.
I haven't been able to locate all eight, but here's a sampling—
- As she began her well-earned break figures revealed Germany's fortunes are no longer sagging - with a much improved bottom line (Der Spiegel)
- The Iron Frau has done more than cover up the cracks since taking over last year. Strikes are down and economic growth is rising. (Der Spiegel)
- The cheeky chancellor ... (The Australian)
Feel free to invent a few, if you're the sort who would sink so low.
The German tabloids are taking the photo's publication as an insult to womanhood or Germanhood or whatever, though Der Spiegel tried to diffuse the tension with a quote from a Times correspondent—
The publication shows that Merkel has arrived in the class of Caroline of Monaco. It shows she's taken seriously. The curiosity has now been satisfied.I'm sorry, Spiegel, but that ass is not in the class of Caroline of Monaco's.
Despite Der Spiegel's efforts to put this latest revelation in the best light, students of Anglo-German relations will recognize the unmistakeable signs of a fissure.