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The Best Fake Candidate in Germany

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Germany: Fake candidate polls well
by Isabelle de Pommereau
September 10, 2009

article_photo1_200Frankfurt, Germany – Life these days isn”™t easy for Angela Merkel and her social democratic challenger in the Sept. 27 elections for chancellorship, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

As the parliamentary elections near, polls reveal people feel this is one of the most boring election campaigns in memory. The Germans just don”™t care about their politicians.

Except, perhaps, for one. His name is Horst Schlà¤mmer and he”™s hugely popular these days. Like Mr. Steinmeier and Ms. Merkel, he wants the chancellor”™s job – but with his own party, which stands for “Left, Liberal, Conservative, and a bit ecological,” and a platform that includes free plastic surgery for all, voting age at 12, and a monthly wage of 2,500 euros from cradle to grave.

According to a recent poll by Stern Magazine, 18 percent of those surveyed could see themselves voting for Mr. Schlà¤mmer. If only they could. But Schlà¤mmer cannot be elected. He is a fictitious candidate played by one of Germany”™s best-known comedians, Hape Kerkeling, in a new film that mocks this year”™s campaign. (more…)