July 21, 2009
Merkel e Steinmeier estão de férias.
Both Chancellor Angela Merkel and her challenger Frank-Walter Steinmeier are putting theircampaigns on hold with just 10 weeks left before the federal election with respective long summer holidays. Yet the absence of the rivals for power in Europe’s largest economy hardly raise an eyebrow in Germany, where summer holidays are considered almost sacred and political leaders are expected to take a break like the rest of the country [Reuters].
Errata: Merkel entra em férias no sábado.
Merkel begins a 2-1/2 week holiday on Saturday with the opera at the Bayreuth festival and returns on Aug. 12, just six weeks before the Sept. 27 election. She will not say where she is headed. German media have reported Merkel is bound for Italy.