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Hanover And Out

by | 10th, July 2003

‘ANYONE contemplating a last minute summer break can now take advantage of a trip to Pesaro on Italy’s sun-dappled Adriatic coast.

What do you mean they’ve taken all of the towels?

The dolce vita is open to all non Germans who can name the three Italian capos to have lifted football’s World Cup and give answer to the question: ‘What’s the difference between a German and a shopping trolley?’

Anyone not in that group can join German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in Hanover for much belching, drinking and cooking of enormous sausages.

The reasons behind one German’s unstereotypical decision to drape a towel on his own sunbed are rooted in the infamous Nazi remarks made by Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi less than a week ago, and supplied with little prompting by the Telegraph once again.

In a statement issued by Schroeder to the German people and Italian tourist board, he says that he ‘does not want to put his family through further speculation about the little vacation time they have together’.

To this Berlusconi offers only the rather ambiguous comment: ‘I’m sorry for him.’

But it’s the Italian who is most deserving of pity, with Telegraph saying that some Italian politicians are now hoping for a collapse in the Berlusconi coalition.

At the most fundamental level, the papers tell readers that Germans account for 38% of Italy’s tourist trade.

And with the German habit for following their leader, a slump in the Italian tourists industry is surely on the way…



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