Die Amerikaner sind unser Unglück!: Americans Portrayed as Parasites by Germany's Largest Trade Union
Hitler's propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels would be proud of his contemporary German journalism students. If he could only be here now to watch his offsprings' promising attempts at propaganda!
"US-Firms in Germany:
The (Blood-) Suckers"
Title Page: "The Plunderers are Here"
American Mosquito Parasites Descending on German Companies: This is How IG Metall Portrays American Entrepreneurs...
The article's introductory paragraph (in blue) reads: "Blackstone, KKR, Investcorp - finance investors from America are slaughtering German companies. They buy the companies, only to sell them a bit later for profit. The American investors don't show any consideration for people, regions or traditions. Like flies they suck the money out of companies, then swarm out, repeating the same pattern. People are the ones who suffer."
But then again, the IG Metall folks aren't professionals yet. They are still working on their education - following the teachings of the chairman of the Social-Democrats, Muentefering - and their results are certainly promising, at least from a Nazi point of view.
Give them more time. Nazi Germany wasn't built in one day either...
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Update: Apparently, Guido Westerwelle, the leader of the FDP (Free-Democratic Party in Germany), took notice of the 'metall' cover and harshly criticized it at his party's convention. Bravo Mr. Westerwelle! If only more German politicians had the courage to do the same. Here is a photo:
To listen to a brief audio clip of Mr. Westerwelle criticizing 'metall', click here. Click the link that follows for the English translation...
Westerwelle on IG Metall and 'metall' magazine, our English translation:
"And ladies and gentlemen, just this on the topic of where we have arrived in the meantime. This here is the current magazine of the IG Metall, issued by the Chairman of the IG Metall, from Mr. Peters. I show you this not because it is red-green, instead I show you this because here on the cover page of the official organizational organ of the IG Metall, issued by the Chairman under the title "The (Blood-) Suckers" - inside, of course they talk about those who suck blood and the like - the investors, the entrepreneurs are portrayed as mosquitos, of course with a golden crown in their mouth that glistens. And this mosquito, the investors, that haunts and sucks the blood of one German company after the other - it is all described and illustrated in there - of course is wearing an American hat.
Ladies and gentlemen, I say this as a liberal with the greatest clarity: I am against hate of foreigners from the right, but I am also against hate of foreigners from the left ladies and gentlemen!"
Note: A liberal in German is often very different from a liberal in North American English. More on that here. For more information on Mr. Westerwelle's convention speech, or to listen to the entire speech, click here.