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Schroeder adds anti-salmon gibe to G8 food fight (More from the EU's Comedy Duo)
expatica.com ^ | 5 July 2008 | expatica (Germany)

Posted on 07/06/2005 4:10:43 AM PDT by Cornpone

BERLIN - A food fight between world leaders is underway as they prepare to travel to Scotland for the latest meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) industrial nations.

While the British have been forced to try to digest some rather critical remarks about their cooking style attributed to French President Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Schroeder's remarks about salmon might not win him any friends among the Scottish hosts of this week's G8 meeting.

Despite the Scots being proud of their vast streams of salmon, Schroeder told a news conference in Berlin Tuesday that he was not a great fan of the freshwater fish.

Asked whether he was looking forward to eating at this week's G8 meeting in Gleneagles, the leader of the world's third biggest economy admitted: "I am not a friend of salmon and I hope I get a decent steak."

Schroeder's quip came just a matter of days after some less-than- charitable comments attributed to French President Jacques Chirac about Britain's cuisine.

"We can't trust people who have such bad food," Chirac was quoted as saying by the French newspaper Liberation Monday during a conversation with Schroeder and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the weekend.

Chirac, who along with Schroeder and British Prime Minister Tony Blair is scheduled to attend the G8, reportedly went on to say that only Finland had worse food in Europe, and that mad cow disease was Britain's sole contribution to European agriculture.

While the rich west offering Africa a helping hand and climate change are supposed to be key items on the G8 agenda, tensions might really emerge on another issue: which leader can lay claim to the best national dish.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Germany; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: britishfood; foodfight; france; germany; idiots; turass
What will late night comedy in Europe do when Schroeder and Chirac are gone?
1 posted on 07/06/2005 4:10:45 AM PDT by Cornpone
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To: Cornpone

I hope Schroder and Chirac like haggis ;-)


2 posted on 07/06/2005 4:13:05 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (UR 0wN3D: USSC-2005)
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To: TheSpottedOwl

Don't Germans eat headcheese? Don't they also eat tripe?

And don't the French eat fish heads? They also serve cooked chicken legs with the feet still attached.

The Dutch will serve a raw egg on a cooked chicken as a breakfast food.

Do we really believe that any one country has absolutely no foods that other people would find unappetizing?


3 posted on 07/06/2005 4:19:28 AM PDT by saveliberty (Liberal= in need of therapy, but would rather ruin lives of those less fortunate to feel good)
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To: Cornpone

Some people don't like salmon. People who insist on serving salmon should offer alternatives. They should not just assume that 100% of the people at the event are lovers of salmon.

My wife has virtually starved at numerous salmon-only occassions. Any other function, they give you a choice. But when salmon is on the menu, they just assume that you'll either love it or you deserve to die.


4 posted on 07/06/2005 4:33:00 AM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (It's the Anti-Americanism, Stupid!)
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To: Cornpone

It's good to know that with the minor problems facing the EU and their respective countries, Sh*trac and Schroeder have time to worry about the REALLY important things.


5 posted on 07/06/2005 4:33:57 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Cornpone
Chirac, who along with Schroeder and British Prime Minister Tony Blair is scheduled to attend the G8, reportedly went on to say that only Finland had worse food in Europe, and that mad cow disease was Britain's sole contribution to European agriculture.

France has a cuisine that includes swollen goose livers, amphibian legs, snails, fermented milk and a fungus that grows on tree roots, and yet they have the nerve to complain about what other people eat? I was raised on a Finnish diet, and admit that (raw) salt fish or boiled rutabagas are aquired tastes but at least everything isn't smothered in overspiced sauces to cover the taste.

6 posted on 07/06/2005 4:35:52 AM PDT by magslinger (Just say no to lutefisk.)
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To: PzLdr

Actually, I'd rather have Germany, France and Russia arguing over the menu for the entire length of the conference than have them implement a single item on their agenda.


7 posted on 07/06/2005 4:36:25 AM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (It's the Anti-Americanism, Stupid!)
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To: saveliberty

Oh my Lord! I didn't know any of that. I thought menudo was odd, but people have assured me that it is pretty good. Raw eggs on top of cooked chicken? Bleeechhh! The last place I lived had snails in the flower beds. Every time I got rid of them, I thought of the French. Even though they cook them in butter and garlic, it's like chewing through rubber bands, or so I've heard.

Actually I'm not a huge fan of salmon, but my bf got me to try lox. Not bad at all. The only gross thing that is indigenous to America, are Rocky Mountain Oysters. At least that's all I can think of at the moment.


8 posted on 07/06/2005 4:43:18 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (UR 0wN3D: USSC-2005)
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To: Cornpone
Ok so Schroeder criticizes Scots for eating salmon while the German's eat pickled herring - go figure !?!?
9 posted on 07/06/2005 4:56:55 AM PDT by Condor51 (Leftists are moral and intellectual parasites - Standing Wolf)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

ROFL!


10 posted on 07/06/2005 5:00:12 AM PDT by saveliberty (Liberal= in need of therapy, but would rather ruin lives of those less fortunate to feel good)
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To: TheSpottedOwl

:) No snails for me! That would turn me into a vegetarian in an instant, and it would be too sad to give up the occasional steak.


11 posted on 07/06/2005 5:02:08 AM PDT by saveliberty (Liberal= in need of therapy, but would rather ruin lives of those less fortunate to feel good)
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To: Condor51

LOL! I agree, pickled herring is not a finer item to have on the menu!


12 posted on 07/06/2005 5:03:42 AM PDT by saveliberty (Liberal= in need of therapy, but would rather ruin lives of those less fortunate to feel good)
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To: saveliberty

I have a thing about cottage cheese. To me this is the most single disgusting thing this country has to offer in the form of culinary delights.

To me cottage cheese is to the left of Ipecac.


13 posted on 07/06/2005 5:11:56 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Liberal Talking Point - Bush = Hitler ... Republican Talking Point - Let the Liberals Talk)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

:) It's not happy, is it?


14 posted on 07/06/2005 5:28:45 AM PDT by saveliberty (Liberal= in need of therapy, but would rather ruin lives of those less fortunate to feel good)
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To: saveliberty

I don't mind eating a vegetarian dinner once in a while, but it's still eggs and cheese. More of a budget decision, than a health decision.

I cannot believe what some folks will eat. I love rib eye steak with horseradish : )


15 posted on 07/06/2005 6:25:55 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (UR 0wN3D: USSC-2005)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I burned out on non fat cottage cheese when I was pregnant with my youngest. I was on a self imposed high protein, low fat diet. I either salted and peppered the cottage cheese, and topped it with tomatoes and veggies, or used sliced fresh fruit, or canned pineapple.

I still use it as a substitute for ricotta, when cottage cheese is less expensive. Have to watch that budget!


16 posted on 07/06/2005 6:46:16 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (UR 0wN3D: USSC-2005)
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To: Cornpone

And these are the guys who keep telling _us_ how to be diplomatic?

Although anyone who has seen German or French tourists in other countries should hardly be surprised.


17 posted on 07/06/2005 7:21:27 AM PDT by Trimegistus
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To: Cornpone

I would just serve MREs to everyone and tell them to sit down shut up.


18 posted on 07/06/2005 7:29:01 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

I have rarely been to an event, except in a private home, where there was not a choice between meat or fish. Some people don't eat meat, others don't like seafood. You must have a lot of vegetarian friends.


19 posted on 07/06/2005 7:29:17 AM PDT by Eva
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