Postcard from... Berlin
Mutti (or “Mummy”) knows best, as Germany’s recent general election proved beyond doubt. It handed Angela Merkel a huge victory, yet one which was not quite big enough for her to secure an absolute majority for her ruling conservatives.
The “most powerful woman in Europe” finds herself in the difficult position of having to recruit a very junior coalition partner in order to form the next government. The choices are down to a grand coalition with the opposition Social Democrats, an untried alliance with the Greens or fresh elections.
The horse-trading could take months. But the first talks “about whether to hold talks” about forming a coalition were held between Ms Merkel’s party and the Social Democrats yesterday. The Chancellor deployed her secret culinary weapon for the meeting. She decreed that her famous Kartoffelsuppe (potato soup) should be on the menu at Berlin’s parliamentary offices to soothe the frayed nerves of its bickering participants.
Kartoffelsuppe played a key role in establishing her credentials as national Mutti. Early in her campaign, she let it be known that she makes a pretty good potato soup. That and the admission that her chemistry professor husband often criticises her for putting “too much crumble” on her cakes helped her to win hands down.
Will Kartoffelsuppe work its magic again ? It might not appeal to Social Democrats but it could convince the Greens – providing it is made from potatoes that are 100 per cent organic.
Auction house to give away $1m masterpiece in charity raffle - and tickets are only $100 each
Beatles rush out 'bootleg' album to defy EU copyright law
Geoffrey Macnab reviews The Desolation of Smaug - the meat in Peter Jackson's Hobbit sandwich
Harvey Weinstein reveals his secret weapon on-set
Now that an oil trader's drinking has got him sacked, will we all have to make do with an afternoon latte?
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba get nods for Best Actor, which no black Brit has ever won
Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ sign language interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
French café starts charging extra to rude customers
Australia: Gay marriage law reversed by high court less than a week after first weddings
Church versus state: Scientology faces unholy war after court ruling
Australia incest case: Severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ sign language interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
- 2 Mystery of Epping Forest 'big cat' is solved
- 3 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 4 Australia: Gay marriage law reversed by high court less than a week after first weddings
- 5 Australia incest case: Severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- < Previous
- Next >
£80000 - £100000 per annum + BONUS + BENEFITS: Harrington Starr: A leading fin...
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits: Harrington Starr: Regulatory Man...
£50000 - £75000 per annum + benefits + bonus: Harrington Starr: Pre-Sales / Cl...
£40000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits: Harrington Starr: Regulatory Man...