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August 25, 2013
Whatever happened to German efficiency?
Germany twice humiliated itself badly this week, at least when it comes to airports. Once upon a time Germany was renowned for its ruthless efficiency, but those days seem gone forever at least when the government is involved. Humiliation number one. Der Spiegel headlines: "Volkan the Intruder: Man in Underpants Partied in Merkel's Jet" In the annals of Germany's security services, the following event won't be recorded as their finest hour. On the night of July 25, a 24-year-old man clutching a bag full of marijuana and ecstasy pills managed with relative ease to get on board an empty government jet used frequently by Chancellor Angela Merkel, while it was parked at a closed military section of the Cologne airport. The man, a bodybuilder of Turkish descent named as Volkan T., proceeded to stage a raucous, one-man party. Reports said he stripped down to his underpants, sprayed fire extinguisher foam around the elegant cream and beige interior, pushed buttons in the cockpit,...(Read Full Post)