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Merkel kebab photo in Ukrainian restaurant promotion sparks row

DPA/The Local · 1 Nov 2009, 12:40

Published: 01 Nov 2009 12:40 GMT+01:00

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The restaurant owner has told Russian newspapers he was given the idea by an advertising company. “We actually have had more guests,” he told the Kosomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

“Everyone wants to know whether Merkel was really here to eat. No one has made an official complaint.”

The photo is currently being used on the Odessa restaurant’s internet site, but Ukrainian law reportedly bans the use of such photos without the permission of the person pictured.

The advertising agency said there was no abuse of the photo, explaining that it does not actually state that the woman in the picture is Merkel. It could simply be a woman who looks like Merkel – the point to be made is that it shows a serious woman making a sensible decision to eat healthily.

It seems the picture was taken in June this year at a Christian Democratic Union party in Berlin which included a döner kebab stand.

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An employee of the company told German media, “We have been invited there for the last three years, and have been able to offer our product to the guests. Ms Merkel sliced the döner and ate a little piece. She later came back – obviously she liked it.”

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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13:57 November 1, 2009 by Heinrich der Zweite
Merkel showing Blair's last hope of becoming EU president.
15:52 November 1, 2009 by maxbrando
Must be the slowest of slow news days.
22:41 November 1, 2009 by DavidtheNorseman
The Russians will see this as new threat! The weapon-wielding Warrior Maiden of the German nation attacking Ukrainian Kabab! Rouse the Hordes! Defend the Dneiper!
19:43 November 2, 2009 by OPB
Döner kebabs..a sensible decision to eat healthily?
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