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Ilse Aigner: Bavaria's dirndl-wearing 'dinosaur'

Published: 28 Dec 2012 14:48 GMT+01:00

The criticism was sharp. The environmental organization NABU handed its 2012 "Dinosaur of the Year" award to Aigner for her "reactionary special interest politics," which defy the principles of sustainable policy, said NABU President Olaf Tschimpke, before going on to accuse Aigner of hanging on to "an environmentally damaging agriculture policy and a disappointing commitment to better animal protection law."

On top of that, Tschimpke said Aigner had blocked initiatives towards more ecological hunting laws and sustainable fishing policies.

Aigner, the first woman to be given a NABU dinosaur, shot back at the conservationists in particularly belligerent style, saying through a spokesman's statement that NABU should win the "blind nut of the year." "NABU puts its faith in cheap PR gags and closes its eyes to reality," the statement said.

The spokesman also defended Aigner's record in the Agriculture Ministry, saying that in her five-year tenure, Germany had modernized its farming, and shifted subsidies to a flat per-hectare fee rather than production to encourage more sustainable practices.

The 48-year-old Aigner is a Bavarian by nature and nurture. A Roman Catholic, a member of the conservative Christian Social Union (the Bavarian sister party to Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union) since her teenage years, she was first elected to the Bundestag in 1998 representing the picturesque town of Starnberg outside Munich.

After sitting on a number of parliamentary committees, and taking on the role of CDU/CSU education and research spokeswoman when Merkel was elected in 2005, she was finally promoted to the cabinet in 2008, where she took over from her party leader Horst Seehofer at the Ministry for Agriculture and Consumer Protection.

Apart from criticizing food price increases, and once publicly deleting her Facebook profile in protest at new privacy rules, one of Aigner's main policy bugbears over the past five years has been the fees on cash machines.

But now apparently content with her service to the Federal Republic, Aigner has announced her decision to resign from the cabinet at the end of the legislative period, in autumn 2013, to re-enter the Bavarian state parliament.

This means she'd be following in Seehofer's footsteps yet again (he did the same in 2008 to take up the premiership of Bavaria). Now, many say she is preparing to succeed him as both leader of the CSU and Bavaria.

Her party colleague Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer more or less confirmed such rumours by mooting Aigner as a possible successor to Seehofer. "She would have outstanding credentials for the positions of party chairwoman and state premier," he told Die Welt newspaper.

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Your comments about this article

18:38 December 28, 2012 by blackboot11
Thank s be to God I don't live in Bavaria...too many Roman Catholics...LOL!
21:54 December 28, 2012 by www.emungus.net
THE TERM ¦#39;¦#39;DINOSAUR¦#39;¦#39; FITS SOME BUT MISFITS OTHERS...

This post of mine may be of no interest since its core is maybe folded in nothingness... If NABU accusation proves to be valid, it is a proof of failure to minister Ilse Aigner. Now let us have a look on the other hand , maybe the most futile but obvious. The physical aspect has its positive side, it allows one the benefit of certain exemptions : by the force of their so overwhelming beauty, women enjoy some immunity (willing or not). This said, the term '' Dinosaur'' is strong for this beautiful dark-skinned, brown-haired lady. She is insatiably attractive. So, dear Sir at NABU, please find another word enough to convince the guilt of Mrs . Aigner.
06:07 December 29, 2012 by wenddiver
Judginging by the dirndl I would guess she really knows how to get men to do things, a real leader.
05:54 December 30, 2012 by Bulldawg82
I love a woman in a dirndl. I think she is hot.
13:00 December 30, 2012 by Englishted
Would Barney would look good in a dirndl?
06:52 December 31, 2012 by RainerL
Well" With all the crap that the younger Girls wear it is nice to see something decent on a Lady. She looks great in it. More Women should wear it.
17:35 January 3, 2013 by C Robert
I wonder how Angela will look like in the Dirndl... Probably need extra padding or scaffolding to support
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