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Ein Clown, wer Böses dabei denkt

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SPD-Kanzlerkandidat Peer Steinbrück ist wieder einmal über sein loses Mundwerk gestolpert. Beim Blick auf das Ergebnis der Parlamentswahl in Italien fiel dem SPD-Politiker nur eins ein: Da haben “zwei Clowns” gewonnen. Gemeint waren die Protestbewegung des Komikers Beppe Grillo und Ex-Regierungschef Silvio Berlusconi, der im Senat die meisten Sitze gewonnen hat und damit eine Regierungsbildung verhindern kann. Einer, so sagte der Ex-Finanzminister, sei “ein beruflich tätiger Clown, der auch nichts dagegen hat, wenn man ihn so nennt”. Der andere aber sei Berlusconi, “ein Clown mit einem gewissen Testosteronschub”. Entrutscht sind Steinbrück die bösen Lästereien bei einem Besuch in Potsdam, bezeichnenderweise auf einer Veranstaltung mit dem Titel “Klartext”. Sein Sprecher Michael Donnermeyer bestätigte die Aussagen.

Ein dummer Zufall nur, dass Staatspräsident Giorgio Napolitano, der als graue Eminenz in Italien gilt, gerade auf Deutschland-Besuch weilt. Das Verhältnis des 87-Jährigen zum exentrischen Ex-Regierungschef Berlusconi gilt zwar seit jeher als angespannt. Doch das demokratisch zustande gekommene Votum der Bürger derart diskreditieren zu lassen, ging wohl auch Napolitano zu weit. Kurzerhand ließ der Präsident ein seit langem für Mittwoch im Berliner Hotel Adlon vereinbartes Abendessen mit Steinbrück absagen. Auch wenn es von der italienischen Botschaft dafür offiziell keine Gründe gab, darf wohl ein Zusammenhang zu den “Clown”-Äußerungen angenommen werden.

Nun ist es sicher so, dass sich auch in Deutschland nach dem italienischen Wahlergebnis Katerstimmung breit gemacht hat. Und bestimmt wird Steinbrück so manchem Politiker aus dem Herzen gesprochen haben. Der Unterschied ist nur: Steinbrück hat seinen Unmut wieder einmal öffentlich kund getan – und offenbart damit ein merkwürdiges Rechtsverständnis von Wahlausgängen. “Clown ist das Mildeste, was mir persönlich zu Berlusconi in diesem Zusammenhang einfällt”, hatte Steinbrück in Potsdam gepoltert.

Nicht das erste internationale Fettnäpfchen von Steinbrück

Auch in der SPD schüttelt so mancher den Kopf über Fettnäpfchen-König Steinbrück. Nicht zum ersten Mal sorgt er für diplomatische Verwicklungen. Schon als Bundesfinanzminister wollte Steinbrück 2009 im Streit über das schweizerische Bankgeheimnis die siebte Kavallerie von Fort Yuma über die Alpen zu den Eidgenossen schicken und sorgte damit für einen veritablen Eklat. Jüngst bezeichnete der SPD-Kanzlerkandidat das hoch verschuldete Zypern als “Geldwaschanlage” und schlug vor, Klaus Störtebeker “rüberschippern” zu lassen. Auch mit der eigenen Partei geht er alles andere als zimperlich um. Die Parteilinken sind “Heulsusen” und auch bei seiner Nebeneinkünfte-Debatte goss der Kanzlerkandidat beständig Öl ins Feuer.

Bis zur Bundestagswahl sind es noch rund sieben Monate. Viel Zeit für den SPD-Kanzlerkandidaten also, um auf dem diplomatischen Parkett erneut ins Trudeln zu geraten.

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    • Mehr denn je bin ich gegen Peer Steinbrück. Wer Regierungschef von Deutschland werden will, darf sich nicht in Europa überall Feinde machen. Wer sein Mundwerk
      nicht beherrschen kann, muss auf eine Führungsposition verzichten, denn er
      repräsentiert unser Land. Ich lebe im Sommer in Italien und werde in meinem Umfeld versuchen, diesen unbedachten Aussagen von P.S. zu revidieren. Mehr kann ich leider nicht tun. Ach doch, wählen werde ich P.S. selbstverständlich nicht.
      Freundlicher Gruß
      Eva Maria Mayr

    • Dieser Steinbrück! Noch ein paar Kommentare dieses Kalibers – und ich wähl SPD

    • was ist bei steinbrück aggressiv ? erhat recht höflickeit ist nicht angebracht

    • steinbrück hat recht wir müssen ihn unterstützen , nicht schweigen oder nörgeln

    • Erschreckend diese demagogischen Züge einer aggressiven Sprache des Menschen, der die Nation zu führen beabsichtigt. Und erkennt man nicht, dass man selbst im Glashaus der politischen Clownerie sitzt. Höflichkeit und Stil haben schon immer mehr gebracht als dumpfer Populismus.

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Hungary Says It Will Bus Migrants to Austria Border

Hungary said Friday it would provide buses to take migrants to the Austrian border after a stream of people who have been stranded in the country for days set out for the border on foot. Austria and Germany agreed to allow in the refugees. 186

Blurry Job Picture Poses Test for Fed

U.S. employment growth slowed in August but the jobless rate fell to the lowest level since 2008, a mixed labor-market reading less than two weeks before a crucial Federal Reserve meeting. 224

G-20 Increasingly Concerned About Slowing Chinese Economy

China’s market routs and a string of weak data are fueling concern among Group of 20 officials that a slowing Chinese economy could fuel further market instability and push global growth deeper into a long-term rut.

U.S. Veterans Who Fight ISIS

A former Army Ranger and a decorated Marine are among U.S. veterans volunteering to join Kurdish fighters against Islamic State in Syria. 58

Clashes in Tajikistan Leave 17 Dead

An outbreak of violence in Tajikistan left 17 people dead on Friday, raising fears of a return to unrest in a Central Asian nation still scarred by civil war.

Google Pursuing a Return to China

Google is in talks with the Chinese government and handset makers about launching a new Android app store there, a move that would mark the company’s return to China.

London Jewel Thieves Plead Guilty for Easter Heist

Four men pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy for a jewel heist in London’s Hatton Garden diamond district over the Easter weekend.

Putin Pitches for Foreign Investment in Russia’s Far East

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a pitch for greater investment in his country’s resource-rich Far East region, despite a slowdown in the Chinese economy that has shaken global markets.

Chinese Navy Ships Passed Through U.S. Waters

The Pentagon said five Chinese navy ships operating off Alaska in recent days had come within 12 nautical miles of the coast, entering U.S. territorial waters, but complying with international law. 335

From Piles of Trash Sprout Demands for Change in Lebanon

Protests demanding political reform bridge country’s longtime political, religious and ethnic divides.

Prominent Druse Cleric Killed in Syria Bombing

Two explosions went off Friday near a hospital in a province in southern Syria, killing a prominent antigovernment cleric and at least seven others.

Weekend Investor

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Bayer’s material science division, now called Covestro, had a strong first-half ahead of a planned initial public offering. That looks hard to keep up.

U.K. Regulator Warns Commodity Firms About Market Abuse

The U.K.’s financial regulator said firms that trade commodities have learned little from recent high-profile cases of market abuse and are failing to adequately monitor the risks of such abuse.

Stocks Drop After Jobs Report

U.S. stocks fell Friday, capping their second-worst weekly performance of the year, after a jobs report that failed to provide much clarity on when the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise short-term interest rates. 67