|Rainer Brüderle pointing at Katja Suding |
not wearing a Dirndl (Photo dpa)
Publishing the episode one year later, is this just crude electoral manipulation? It could be deadly for the Liberals scraping the five-percent hurdle, i.e., the number of votes necessary to sit in the next Bundestag (Germany's parliament or congress). Or is the publication nothing else than reporting about everyday sexism?
In vain Hamburg's leading Free Democrat Katja Suding tried to play down Rainer's faux pas: Überall, wo Menschen aufeinandertreffen, wird nun einmal auch geflirtet (Wherever people meet there will be philandering). The press however knows: Sex sells. Sexism sells even better in particular in connection with dirty old men.
Do we not have other worries in Germany? As my Norwegian boss always said: I shake my head.
|Rainer Brüderle (67) and Laura Himmelreich (29) (Photo dpa)|
Everybody was waiting for a statement about the dirndl-gate but Rainer instead talked about German debts and his party's coalition with Merkel's Christian Democrats. At the end he stated: Sexism is a current debate that has a political relevance. That there are debates in a democracy is an objective legitimate phenomenon. To me this sounds like phrase-mongering or pompous logorrhea.