Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Capital Business
Capital Business

World

Merkel snaps at German coalition

BERLIN, Jun 10 – "Rumpelstiltskin". "Wild sow". The normally staid world of German politics has been enlivened recently by some colourful name-calling within Angela Merkel\’s coalition. But now she has had enough.

The squabbling in Merkel\’s fractious centre-right coalition has boiled over in recent days, with members of the Bavarian conservative CSU branding their pro-business Free Democrats allies "a bunch of amateurs" on health policy.

Meanwhile, Free Democrats described the CSU as a "wild sow" for what they deemed destructive input during a controversial health care debate.

And the glamourous rising star of German politics, the aristocratic Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, defence minister from the CSU, was reportedly branded "Rumpelstiltskin", a treacherous and vicious dwarf in a fairy tale.

But the chancellor, often referred to herself, not always kindly, as "Mutti", meaning "Mummy", has now put her foot down.

Such mud-slinging is "unacceptable," she told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper in an interview to be published on Friday.

Those engaged in name-calling "should not be surprised that respect for politics in general is sinking," she added.

It is not the only thing sinking. The popularity ratings of Merkel, four-times named the world\’s most powerful woman by Forbes magazine, have plunged recently, due in large part to bickering within the coalition.

For his part, zu Guttenberg made light of his new nickname, saying, according to the Bild daily, that he was pleased to be compared to Rumpelstiltskin, who had the highly useful skill of spinning gold from straw.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

"If I could do that in the current budgetary situation, I would love to be Rumpelstiltskin," said zu Guttenberg, who, like all ministers, has been asked to make sweeping cuts given Germany\’s precarious fiscal state.

Click to comment
Advertisement

More on Capital Business

Executive Lifestyle

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – The country’s super wealthy individuals are increasing their holding of bonds, gold and cash, a new report by Knight...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi has urged members of the public to exercise extreme caution when making any...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi is set to own half of Centum Investment Company PLC, following a go-ahead...

Ask Kirubi

It is without a doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has caught the whole world by surprise. Although its full impact is yet to be...

Headlines

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Commercial Banks have been ordered to provide relief to borrowers on their personal loans, with loans eligible from March...

Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun17 – Kenya’s tea leaves manufacturer Kericho Gold, has been awarded the Superbrands Seal by Superbrands East Africa for their quality variety...

Coronavirus

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – As the local telecommunications industry gears up to roll out 5G networks in the country, the Communications Authority of...

Coronavirus

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – Airtel Kenya is offering free internet access for students in order to enable continued learning at home in the...