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November 6th, 2012, 14:34
Caricature in an German newspaper :

2 pictures.

Picture 1 :

Microphone held towards the Deutscher Michel" (he's an equivalent to Uncle Sam, a kind of personification of "the common German citizen")

"Obama or Romney ?"

Deutscher Michel : "Clearly Obama ! Romney to too much right-wing for me, and his foreign policy statements …"

Picture 2 :

Microphone held towards Uncle Sam :

"Merkel or Steinbrück ?"

Uncle Sam : "What ?"

This caricature is an expression of an often-held common German view that Germans are far more interested (and educated) in what's going on in the U.S. than vice versa.

If I'd say to a group Germans that "I bet the common U.S. American doesn't know who's ruling Germany", then all the Germans would agree. Almost no exceptions.

“ Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.“ (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
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