Stoiber speaks/Stoiber spricht

The Süddeutsche Zeitung comments on Edmund Stoiber’s report to the Bavarian Landtag on his work in Brussels.

One senses from some references to the length of his speeches in the past and the time he used to keep people waiting that debureaucritization might not be his forte.

Stoiber reports that on the whole, the Member States appreciate the desire for fewer rules, but when concrete suggestions are made, they find excuses not to implement them.

Oder in Stoibers Worten: “Dann habe ich oft den Eindruck, dass nicht Gürtel oder Hosenträger ausreichen, sondern beides gefordert wird und darüber hinaus Hemd und Hose noch mit Reißzwecken verbunden werden sollen”. Aber, so Stoibers Forderung: “Ich glaube, dass wir mit dem Gürtel alleine hinkommen.” Ein Vergleich, der es mit der Transrapidrede durchaus aufnehmen kann.

(I thought ‘belt and braces’ was an English expression, but maybe it’s entered German).

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