Top 10 weirdest election campaign moments
Published: 18 Sep 2013 14:46 GMT+02:00
From politicians hoping to win votes through cookery videos, singing in parliament and handing out free toothbrushes while clad in a straw hat, the German election campaign has had some cringeworthy moments.
As the campaign enters its final phase, the pressure is on politicians and candidates to stay focused and professional. But along the way, the German public has witnessed some surprisingly humorous policies, adverts and blunders.
To help you catch up on the stranger side of German politics the Local List this week looks at top ten weird moments from the German elections.
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Roger Klueh. Photo: Ernesto Mastrascusa / DPA
A German businessman and power boating fanatic on Saturday broke a 57-year-old record for the fastest boat crossing between the United States and Cuba.
Migrants on a train on their way to the EU. Photo: Djordje Savic / DPA
Germany has hosted more than 300,000 asylum seekers since the start of the year, said the daily Die Welt on Saturday, nearly 50,000 more than first thought, as Berlin prepares for a record influx of refugees in 2015.
A Guinean migrant who caused a brawl in a home for asylum seekers in Germany was shot and seriously wounded by police, local media reported.
An asylum seeker reception centre in Trier. Photo: DPA
More people applied for asylum in Germany in July than in any previous month on record, the Ministry for Immigration and Refugees announced on Friday.
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Germans fleeing from eastern Europe after the Second World War. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Seventy years ago on Friday, a munitions depot exploded in the Czechoslovakian town of Ústí nad Labem. For the thousands of Sudeten Germans who lived in the town, the event was a death sentence.
In the center, Nazi lawyer Roland Freisler, who wrote laws that are partially still in existence today. Photo: German Federal Archive / Wikimedia Commons.
Germany has made great efforts to purge legal system of remnants of Adolf Hitler's regime, but some laws still bear traces of the Nazi past. The Justice Minister wants to change this.
Netzpolitik published documents outlining the internal spy agency BfV's spy programmes and budget. Photo: DPA
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Munich Airport. Photo: DPA
A newborn baby was found in a toilet in Munich airport on Thursday. Police so far have no clue as to who or where the mother is.
A 50-year-old British woman is being held in custody in Munich on suspicion of attempting to smuggle two kilos of crystal meth out of Munich airport disguised as sweets.
Hate waiting in line at the Bürgeramt? There's a company that lets you pay to get the perfect appointment. Photo: DPA.
Why waste time jumping through the hoops of German bureaucracy when you can pay someone else to take the hassle off your hands? A new Berlin company is offering to do just that - and it's got city officials fuming in the process.