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'Brixit' talk sparks Anglo-German tabloid love-in
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'Brixit' talk sparks Anglo-German tabloid love-in

Published: 26 Jan 2013 09:07 GMT+01:00
Updated: 26 Jan 2013 09:07 GMT+01:00

The prospect of a British exit from the European Union appears to have led British tabloid The Sun and its German rival Bild to call a brief truce in their sparring.

Europe's two top-selling newspapers have for years traded largely playful abuse in a bid to keep alive a historic enmity that most of their readers have long since buried.

But Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to re-negotiate Britain's terms of membership and then hold a referendum on whether Britons want to stay in the EU has led the papers to find reasons for the countries to love each other.

After Bild urged Britain to stay in Europe "because you are so wonderfully crazy" and said it would miss the "quirky" royal family and Mr. Bean if Britain left the EU, The Sun on Friday listed 10 reasons to love Germany.

German cars topped the list, followed by models Claudia Schiffer and Heidi Klum, the alcoholic drink Jägermeister and former German striker Rudi Völler, whose "mullet/'tache (moustache) combo took some beating".

On Wednesday, the German paper had said: "You taunt us as Krauts... and your favourite word is 'Blitzkrieg', but dear Britons, we need you!"

It listed quotes from the famously politically incorrect Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, and said Prince Harry, the Sex Pistols and the Loch Ness Monster were all reasons that Germans want Britain to stay in the EU.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun admitted it had been surprised by the peace offering.

"Let's face it, Britain and Germany have a little form (history) over the past century. So when David Cameron this week pledged an EU in-out referendum, we weren't expecting a love-in with Europe's largest economy," it said.

"But German newspaper Bild has run an article begging us to STAY in the EU."

The Sun then offered ten reasons to love Germany, "in the spirit of warm Anglo-German relations".

Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk were at number five, followed by the Oktoberfest beer festival, former tennis star Boris Becker, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, sneakers from Puma and Adidas, and supermarkets Aldi and Lidl.

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10:16 January 26, 2013 by The-ex-pat
"Europe's two top-selling newspapers"

Just a small point, but the Bild is not a newspaper (legally that is) and The Sun, well it is an embarrassment not a newspaper...................
10:55 January 26, 2013 by Berlin fuer alles
Two warts on the butt of humanity call a truce. I will leave the champagne in the fridge for something more worthwhile of celebration,
11:41 January 26, 2013 by Anny One again
The real reason is that Murdoch has his foot in the door.

I can not understand at all the people who bought a Sky subscription.

After his newspapers have written so much garbage on Germany.
14:28 January 26, 2013 by Berlin fuer alles
@Anny One again

I think there is a lot you cannot understand. Maybe you think the press should not have freedom just like the days of the Third Reich. Whilst the press should exercise some proper judgement and moral responsibility the press should remain largely free of government interference.
14:36 January 26, 2013 by lordkorner
Regardless of whether they are considered newspapers or not ,people buy them ,read them and when stuck wipe their arse with them, I would tend to use the last option only.
15:01 January 26, 2013 by Englishted
People buy sky subscription because like in the U.K. the people who run sport in Germany are greedy with not a care about "normal" supporters ,sooner or later they will try making the matches etc. pay to view by then it is too late to protest.

But on the other points I agree with most posters who cares what these two soft porn bullshine providers "think"or do.
15:29 January 26, 2013 by Anny One again
Berlin fuer alles

"I think there is a lot you cannot understand."

Yeah I guess you're right, I can not understand, for example, why have you to this day never managed to write a halfway interesting comment.
20:15 January 26, 2013 by Tonne
What on earth does the photograph have to do with the article? A page 3 picture may have had more relevance, if less political correctness.

The Sun and Bild are from the same mould. They pander to a similar readership, who like t*ts and sport and its news in short sentences, and who hate foreigners, especially when they live in their (the readers') country.

On the question of Sky, it may be better if the proprietors of television companies had to be citizens of the country in which they broadcast, as in the US.
20:30 January 26, 2013 by Brint
@Tonne

"What on earth does the photograph have to do with the article?"

Could it be to try and provoke Mail readers into throwing apoplectic fits?
21:19 January 26, 2013 by joysonabraham
@tonne and brint

because that pic show klum and seal:- german-english memorabilia from the most recent times :)
21:31 January 26, 2013 by Brint
Britain has now become Germany's number one global trading partner, last year we bought a whopping €153,000,000,000 worth of goods from them, no wonder they love us :-)
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