Clueless Merkel forgets the F-word
Tom Bristow · 23 Oct 2014, 13:00
Published: 23 Oct 2014 11:24 GMT+02:00
Updated: 23 Oct 2014 13:00 GMT+02:00
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At an IT summit in Hamburg on Tuesday, Merkel needed to phone a friend - if only she could remember what exactly that thing is called that would allow her to do so. She had forgotten the word for "landline" - Festnetz in German.
While talking about a joint project between Deutsche Telekom and the government called "Network Alliance Digital Germany" which was launched this year to transform Germany into Europe's "digital leader", Merkel's speech turned into real-life satire.
Germany's cabinet aims to be the most digital-friendly ever and appointed Dobrindt as digital minister earlier this year who, at the time of his appointment was yet to discover Twitter. Politicians often struggle to keep up with their aspirations, especially when it comes to the online world.