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German Cabinet Member Goes On "Profanity-Laced Tirade" Over Euro Crisis

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The euro crisis is, as Der Spiegel so elegantly puts it, "fraying nerves."

The Greek suicide rate has doubled since the beginning of the financial crisis, homelessness is up 20-25% over the past two years, and Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou may or not have recently considered resigning.

But the man who appears to be having the most trouble riding out the Eurozone's fiscal tumult is one Ronald Pofalla, Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff.



Pofalla evidently cracked last week before a vote over expanding the euro backstop fund, or the European Financial Stability Facility, and now "stands accused of having launched into a profanity-filled tirade against a conservative colleague."

From Der Spiegel:

According to a report in the Sunday weekly Bild am Sonntag, Pofalla, who is a member of Merkel's cabinet, lost his temper following a straw poll prior to the formal vote. When prominent CDU parliamentarian Wolfgang Bosbach once again indicated his opposition to EFSF expansion, Pofalla approached him and said, "I can't look at your fat face anymore. Everything you say is s**t."

Bosbach, whose face does not appear particularly fat in his official parliamentary photo, "followed him outside in an attempt to talk." He then "told Pofalla to 'have a look at the Constitution. For me, this is a question of conscience.'"

Two which Pofalla responded, "Spare me that s**t."

Pofalla, who now says he is "extraordinarily sorry," was recently described by the Wall Street Journal as having a "short temper."

He also seems to be a really, really annoying guy to argue with:


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