The German Federal Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, is on holiday, but he’s only gone to Hannover. Meanwhile, by Friday the Federal President has to announce whether or not he will permit the Bundestag to be dissolved, meaning there will be a general election on September 18.
Will it be possible to contact Mr Schröder?
Speaker: ‘Die mögliche Erreichbarkeit, zumindest fernmündlich, ist auf jeden Fall sichergestellt.’
Somehow I don’t think we’d put it quite like that.
‘We will certainly be able to get in touch with Mr Schröder, at least by phone’.