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Schäuble's spokesman quits after public spanking

The Local · 9 Nov 2010, 11:19

Published: 09 Nov 2010 11:19 GMT+01:00

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Schäuble said in a statement that he had accepted his spokesman Michael Offer’s resignation, which came several days after Schäuble rebuked Offer in front of about 50 journalists at a press conference.

“Michael Offer has asked me to relieve him of his role as the minister’s spokesman. Today I complied with this wish.”

Schäuble expressly thanked Offer “for his tireless dedication and his loyalty.”

In a letter to Schäuble, given to news agency Reuters, Offer said he believed he no longer enjoyed the minister’s full confidence.

“I am therefore announcing my resignation as your spokesman and ask for assignment to a new responsibility,” he wrote.

The public reprimand came last Thursday at a press conference to announce that the government was the fortunate beneficiary of a budget windfall of about €61 billion.

Schäuble, angry that journalists had not been given printed copies of the new tax numbers ahead of the announcement, growled at Offer: "Don't talk – instead make sure the figures are handed out."

Schäuble left the press conference shortly after the disagreement, only to return about 20 minutes later.

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He subsequently admitted to Bild am Sonntag newspaper that he “might have overreacted” despite any “justified aggravation.”

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Your comments about this article

16:52 November 9, 2010 by peter douglas
sick man who needs to step down,typisch Germany elite.
19:24 November 9, 2010 by catjones
Mr. No Class meet Mr. Thin Skin.
21:35 November 9, 2010 by OldNSlow
Schäuble was obviously in a foul mood at the very start. They probably should have postponed or canceled that press conference.
21:27 November 10, 2010 by kotapzero
¦quot;Der Minister des Inneren kann sich an nichts erinnern. Der Minister des æquot;ußeren kann sich nicht äußern. Der Minister des Krieges ist nicht der des Sieges. Nach dem Minister der Finanzen müssen alle tanzen!¦quot;

Translates as

The minister of the interiors´ memory is inferior

the foreign minister speaks sinister

victory stays out of the hands of the minister of defence

but all have to dance sounds the drum of the minister of finance

Sad Fellow our Schäuble, arrogance is such a sign of insecurity...
17:29 November 12, 2010 by mikekoi
Respect is a two way street and the Minister lacks the neccessary manners to deal with subordinates. Subordinates who probably work too hard to make him appear proficient.
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