Wednesday, October 20, 2010

German Chancellor Merkel in football flap over photo

The chancellor’s office and the German football federation are trying to iron out a flap over Chancellor Angela Merkel visiting the Germany dressing room and congratulating half naked players after their 3-0 win over Turkey. A photograph showing Merkel with Mesut Oezil, a German player of Turkish background, upset German federation president Theo Zwanziger—apparently because he was not taken along for the occasion in Berlin on Oct. 8. The photo showing Merkel and Oezil has a symbolic value at the time of an intense debate in Germany on how the country should integrate its foreign-born population, especially the 4 million Muslims.

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