• Germany's news in English

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

The Local · 26 Jan 2013, 09:07

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

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

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."

Story continues below…

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.


The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

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

"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 :-)
Today's headlines
Munich taxi driver in hospital after attack by British tourists
Photo: DPA

A taxi driver had to be hospitalized in Munich on Monday evening after three British tourists refused to pay their fare and then attacked him.

German police carry out nationwide anti-terror raids
Police outside a building in Jena during raids on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Police forces in five German states carried out raids on Tuesday morning with the aim of tackling the financing of terror groups, police in Thuringia have reported.

The Local List
10 ways German completely messes up your English
Photo: DPA

So you've mastered German, but now it's time to learn English all over again.

Iconic German church being eroded away by human urine
Ulm Minster towering over the rest Ulm surrounding the Danube. Photo: Pixabay

It will now cost you €100 to spend a penny. That’s if you get caught choosing to pee against the world-famous Ulm Minster.

German small arms ammo exports grow ten-fold
Photo: DPA

The government has come in for criticism after new figures revealed that Germany exported ten times the quantity of small arms ammunition in the first half of 2016 as in the same period last year.

14-year-old stabs 'creepy clown' in prank gone wrong
File photo: DPA.

A 16-year-old in Berlin decided he wanted to scare some friends, but his plot backfired in a violent way.

Four Ku Klux Klan groups active in Germany, says govt
An American member of the KKK at a gathering in Georgia. Photo: EPA.

The German government estimates that there are four Ku Klux Klan (KKK) groups currently active in the country, according to a report by the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) on Tuesday.

Ex-chancellor Schröder to mediate in supermarket row
Gerhard Schröder. Photo: DPA

Can Gerhard Schröder bring an end to the Kaiser's Tengelmann saga?

Outrage over ruling on 'brutal' gang rape of teen girl
The now convicted suspects, sitting in court in Hamburg. Photo: DPA.

A 14-year-old girl was gang-raped and left partially clothed and unconscious in freezing temperatures. Now prosecutors are appealing the sentences for the young men found guilty, most of whom will not set foot in jail.

Dozens of Turkish diplomats apply for asylum in Germany
Demonstrators holding a giant Turkish flag protest against the attempted coup in Istanbul in July. Photo: DPA.

Since the failed putsch attempt in Turkey in July, Germany has received 35 asylum applications from people with Turkish diplomatic passports, the Interior Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.

Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd