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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, January 29, 2013

German media love an apocalyptic mood

The debate over the alleged sexist comments by the liberal FDP's top candidate Rainer Brüderle, sparked by an article in the news magazine Stern, continues to rage in Germany. A typically German phenomenon, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes in amusement: "Practically everyone is overlooking that Stern magazine wasn't exactly championing female emancipation when it published its article about this less than fresh story. The openly sexist magazine, which wouldn't hesitate to illustrate a cover story on red ants with a nude woman, simply wanted to turn a profit. ... The old German mania of reading a veritable clash of cultures into the slightest convulsion of the zeitgeist is once more raising its head. Yet again, the most colourful take comes from Der Spiegel magazine, which had already felt obliged to announce the 'end of the nuclear age' after the Fukushima catastrophe. This time it presages the end of 'the white man's power', adding in delight: 'Finally'. Women's groups will react to this verdict -  written by a man, of course - with a certain scepticism."

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