He has probably laughed more than any other chancellor. The whole country is sinking into a depression and the chancellor has a smile on his face. Why, we're not sure.

The Cold War is over, ... It is high time that the centuries-old cultural ties between our nations are reactivated in grand style.

I fear that a nation that displays the biggest crime of its history as an elegant, chic statue will sometime have to be accused of shamelessness.