An influential initial necklace

Mischievously, the initial necklace chimed in with its “own” views

during the 90-minute debate, tweeting: “Do you really want her

hanging around your neck for another four years? Believe me, as a necklace, I know what I’m talking about.”

This wasn’t the necklace’s first public outing. Merkel wore it on the day she won a second term as chancellor in 2009. But its public career might be over now, damaged by too much buzz.

“Now she will probably never wear me again,” the initial necklace sadly signed off.

Merkel is expected to win a third four-year term as chancellor in the Sept. 22 election, but her conservatives may end up having to establish a “grand coalition” with Steinbrueck’s Social Democrats.

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