a preponderance of punctuation marks (reedrover) wrote,
a preponderance of punctuation marks

20 years of change, some things stay the same in Germany

Angela Merkel, the leader of Europe's richest country, still hoards food. That's how much power Cold War-era habits still hold over Germans like Merkel who grew up in the communist east, a full two decades after reunification."

The chancellor still does her laundry with an East German liquid detergent, prepares East Germans' favorite Soljanka soup (made with sausages and pickle juice) - and can't fight the urge to stockpile goods she sees at the supermarket.

"Sometimes I can't stop myself from buying things just because I see them - even when I don't really need them," the 56-year-old Merkel told magazine SuperIllu ahead of celebrations Sunday of the 20th anniversary of unification. "This inclination to hoard is deeply ingrained in me, because in the past, in times of scarcity, you took what you could get," Merkel said, referring to former times under communism when people would stand in line for hours to buy a few bananas or oranges.

You know what jumped out at me in this article? Chancellor Merkel does her own laundry. I think that's awesome.

(Full article at http://www.wtopnews.com/?nid=105&sid=2040797)
Tags: politics

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