Gestures

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Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) gives his famous V-sign as he opens the new headquarters of 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron of the RAAF (Royal Auxiliary Air Force) at Croydon in 1948 in England. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) gives his famous V-sign as he opens the new headquarters of 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron of the RAAF (Royal Auxiliary Air Force) at Croydon in 1948 in England. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

V Sign

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A good Kraut flips the ‘stinkefinger’

Flipping the "stinkefinger"

Flipping the “stinkefinger”

Angela Merkel’s main rival has caused a massive furore over a photo of him flipping the bird, or “stinkefinger” as the Krauts like to call it, on the cover of a magazine.

As can be expected of such a politician, he is unrepentant.

Angela Merkel’s main rival in Germany‘s election has prompted a storm of protest after giving the middle-finger during a photo shoot.

Peer Steinbrück, the leading candidate for the Social Democrats, has appeared on the front cover of the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) magazine delivering the gesture after being asked whether he minded having several negative nicknames.

The stinkefinger (stink-finger) was one of the most popular items on Twitter in the German-speaking realm (trending as #stinkefinger), with Steinbruck himself commenting: “plain talking doesn’t always mean using words, for example when one is constantly addressed about old issues instead of really important questions”.  Read more »