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The Wall Street Journal argues that Anti-Americanism reaches its limit in Germany, because the Social Democrats lost the elections in North Rhine-Westphalia despite anti-American propaganda by the biggest trade union:

The centerpiece of the anti-American, anticapitalist campaign was a cover story in the magazine of IG Metall, Germany's largest trade union, which has a circulation of two million. (…) The article's headline: "The Plunderers Are Here." Medienkritik, a German blog, pointed out that the artistic depiction and commentary bore a striking resemblance to 1930s Nazi propaganda against the Jews; it posted a cartoon from Der Stuermer depicting a spider with a Star of David on its back and dead Germans caught in its Web. That caption read Die Ausgesaugten--"those whose blood has been sucked out."

The Wall Street Journal concludes:

Bad news for Mr. Schroeder is also good news for America. The Christian Democrats have announced that Angela Merkel, their pro-U.S. party chairman, will be their candidate for chancellor in the fall elections.



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Thomas on :

Der Wall Street Journal Artikel ist ein gutes Beispiel dafuer, dass vermeintlich kleine Fälle von deutschem Anti-Amerikanismus in den USA registriert werden. Hier ist noch ein Beispiel aus der Washington Times, die ueber die "Tatort"-Sendung von letztem Sonntag schreibt: TV show depicts 9/11 as Bush plot A fictional crime drama based on the premise that the Bush administration ordered the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Washington aired this week on German state television ... Sunday night's episode of "Tatort," a popular murder mystery that has been running on state-run ARD-German television for 35 years, revolved around a German woman and a man who was killed in her apartment. According to the plot, which was seen by approximately 7 million Germans, the dead man had been trained to be one of the September 11 pilots but was left behind, only to be tracked down and killed by CIA or FBI assassins.

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