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Merkel’s Envoy Fuchtel in Greece: How He Sings and Laughs…

I can’t help myself  but I think, the man is inspiring. Probably my motive is different from that of his wife or the politicians of German Christian Democrats CDU of Chancellor Angela Merkel who has appointed Hans Joachim Fuchtel as deputy Labour Minister.

“H-J Fuchtel enjoyed octapus and dorade at a dinner organized by the German-Greek Assembly. He didn’t drink tsipouro, though. He loves the Greek cuisine. As he admits, his wife complains every time he returns from Greece with some more kilos.” (enikos)

Hans Joachim Fuchtel, a known man among the local politicians of the federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg. A man with connections to Abu Dhabi who once managed the impossible: to organize a camel race for ex Chancellor Helmut Kohl. In Berlin.

Hans Joachim Fuchtel: A hardly known man among Greeks. Until yesterday. When he insulted Greek municipality workers claiming ‘3,000 Greek workers do the job carried out by 1,000 Germans’.

For your eyes only….

Today, the name of “Fuchtel” is in all Greeks’ mouth. Even though the name is a tongue-twister for the locals here.

Fuchtel, the bon viveur: Merkel called him “Fouchtelos”, he loves Greek food and wine and he ate bougatsa pastry in Thessaloniki – before the chaos…

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H-J Fuchtel made the headlines. Nevertheless due to the ugly incidents this morning in Thessaloniki, when angry municipality workers harassed and abused the German Consul in the city of Northern Greece.

 Municipality workers are primarily angry about the labour reserve that will send them home with 75% of their salary and the option of dismissal. Whether they angry or not, as of the end of the month, even if they keep going to work, some of them will probably see 25% less in their pockets.

Fuchtel as he sings and laughs: inside  Exhibition Centre, outside municipality workers protest

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Municipality workers in Greece are angry about the harsh austerity cuts, the rising unemployment and taxes. Municipality workers are angry and frustrated as the majority of the average Greek. In the fifth year of recession.

Fuchtel, the Greek I: “The reactions are instigated…”

And there comes a Fuchtel from Germany and tells them, he support they’d laid-off? The angry crowd attacks anyone who has the same nationality as Fuchtel. In this case, a diplomat, who didn’t happen to have any body guards to protect him from the outraged mob.

Fuchtel, the Greek II: “I am pro-Greek than ever before.”

It’s obvious the attack had the wrong target. But experienced Fuchtel knows all tricks of political  survival. He successfully managed to cover his back and enter the Exhibition Centre without any harm.

German Consul Wolfgang Hoelscher-Obermaier

The hurled eggs, coffees and water bottles, the spoken insults were rather addressing Fuchtel. Too bad, the German Consul was in more vulnerable position.

After the incredible incidents, Hans Joachim Fuchter made a corrective statement.

” I have met many working state employees in Greece,” he said.

Too little, too late.

And too bad, for the Greek-German relations, for himself. Even though I hardly believe, he would be concerned about what Greeks think about him.

In Berlin, Angela Merkel commented that “Violence cannot be a mean of dispute”.

Neither arrogance or challenge of a society hanging on a very thin thread of cohesion.

BTW: If he is going some serious job here, he should rather speak about what exactly he is doing, progress or failures and refrain from cheerful Black Forest-style details of minor interest for the taxpayers who come up for his happy life expenses here. I assume, it is the German taxpayers, right? Or the Greeks?

Hand on pocket: Who pays for Fuchtel’s travel, accommodation and taverna in Greece?

Thessaloniki Municipality Workers Attack German Consul after Fuchtel Insults Greeks

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 comments

  1. KTG, funny this is I hear many Greek people saying the same thing. German efficiency could really do better with 1K than the Greeks 3K. It’s nothing against the Greeks, just that the Germans are much more efficient than many countries, including my USA… So, I’d tell the Greeks not to be offended just realize that they are not as efficient as Germans and that’s no big deal. I certainly don’t lose any sleep that Americans rate below them. Who gives a crap, or Den Variese as Greeks say.

  2. Leading this thought toan end,I could say that Germany can export manpower to Greece, USA, France, Equador and so on due to their super efficiency and in exchange they import manpower from these countries and train them to be efficient. This will have the effect that all possible nations but Germans will live in Germany. Something that Germans wouldn’t like. Moreover 1) Germans are not so many to cover all needs of the uneeficient world 2)Not to mention the incredible language Babel-bubble 3) For a great deal of ountries unefficiency it’s the state (education, public administration structures, etc) that is responsible and not the people 4)people about to lose their jobs react very allergic when a foreigner tells them what to do and that’s in every country, not just Greece.

  3. giaoýrti giaoyrtáki

    Most of municipality work in Germoney is done by unemployed forced to work, socalled “1-Euro-Jobs” (compensation for more expenses, if unemloyed don’t do that forced labour allowance will be cut). “Productivity” and all this shit comes from machine and not from man and it also depends on the kind of industry. As hard working Hermans would get a stroke picking up olives Fuchtel wouldn’t make a half hour on a German construction site and this although most of the workers there are not Germans. I guess he will decide instead of working calling the customs police because of all the illegal workers that make all the brand new ugly buildings that will bring the next big banks disaster but then get expelled from his party.

  4. He might surprise you after all, as he earned money already as a child.
    http://m.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/griechenland-auf-rettungsreise-zum-ueberduengten-see-11814050.html