Chancellor Candidate Gives Middle Finger
SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück on the cover of this week's SZ-Magazin
For Steinbrück's spokesman Rolf Kleine, it was apparently "a little too spontaneous," according to the paper.
So what question prompted the candidate to give what German's call the "stink finger"? To be fair, the question was a bit obnoxious, though if this had been in the middle of a bar instead of a campaign in which the man in question is trying to become a major global leader, it might not raise any eyebrows. It's a bit base, but also funny -- defiantly so. Here it goes: "Gaffe Peer, Problem Peer, Peerlusconi -- you don't have to worry about being given any nice nicknames, do you?" The question was a reference to gaffes made by the candidate early on in the campaign.
'You Can't Do That as a Chancellor Candidate'
The image could prove controversial for a candidate who has largely failed to gain traction, at least until his strong showing earlier this month in the only television debate to take place during the entire election with Merkel. Will it now haunt him?
Germany's economics minister, Philipp Rösler of the business-friendly Free Democratic Party has already responded: "That's unacceptable. You can't do that as a chancellor candidate."
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