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Die Welt - Germany | 05/11/2014

Deutsche Bahn finally on strike again

After the failed wage negotiations between the train drivers' union GDL and the German railway company Deutsche Bahn, passengers are bracing themselves for a five-day strike. Hans Zippert, columnist with the conservative daily Die Welt, is delighted that now there's a real culprit for the annoying problems with Germany's rail service: "At last there's another strike at Deutsche Bahn. Many passengers had protested because it had been so long in coming. But as of Wednesday they will know who is to blame for trains arriving late, not running at all, or offering too little at their onboard bistros. It's because of the GDL, not technical difficulties. This time the GDL will be on strike for five days so that its chairman Claus Weselsky can once again appear on all the nation's talk shows. ... An emergency plan with very limited service has been put in place during the strike. So the malfunctioning of electronic reservation displays, the reverse order of cars on the platform and breakdowns in the air conditioning system cannot be guaranteed for the duration of the strike."

Die Welt - Germany | 24/07/2013

Royal baby impact on German election campaign

In a commentary for the conservative daily Die Welt Hans Zippert reflects on the consequences of the birth of the new heir to the British throne for German domestic policy: "The 'royal baby' is third in line to the throne, which means that the boy will be King of England by around 2105 provided the Queen really does abdicate when she's 120. Meanwhile the royal birth has made little impact on global politics; the Dow Jones remained steady; just three unsecured sacks of rice fell over in the southern China. In Germany the big question is: who will benefit more from the birth of the 'royal baby' [in the German elections]: Steinbrück or Merkel? The chancellor could try to sell it as a triumph of her government's family policy. Steinbrück would at least have to get himself pictured holding the baby or kissing it - then he might have a chance of winning. Or he could start spreading rumours that he's the real father."

Welt am Sonntag - Germany | 26/02/2012

German tax officers occupy Greece

At the behest of the EU Commission and the IMF, 160 German tax officers are to be sent to Greece to help it build up a modern financial administration. The conservative Sunday paper Welt am Sonntag paints a picture of the upcoming occupation: "160 people have already volunteered to form part of the special task force that will be parachuted into Athens to teach the Greeks how to pay their taxes. … Most Greeks have never paid taxes in their life and are understandably scared at the prospect. Many believed, mistakenly, that the sums named in the letters from the tax authorities referred to money they would receive from the state. So for a transition period of two years the taxes are to be declared as bribes, since the Greeks are more accustomed to paying those. … The German tax operation has an ambitious goal: each Greek will be assigned his or her own personal German tax officer, who is to be welcomed into the family, clothed and fed. But then the Greeks are allowed to deduct them from their income tax as an extraordinary expense."

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