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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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