Germans blame euro zone crisis for Eurovision debacle

BERLIN Sun May 19, 2013 10:57am EDT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a conference on Europe at the German foreign ministry in Berlin May 16, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a conference on Europe at the German foreign ministry in Berlin May 16, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germans lamented their unexpectedly poor showing at the Eurovision Song Contest, blaming Chancellor Angela Merkel's tough stance in the euro zone crisis for their failure to win any points from 34 of the 39 countries voting.

Denmark's Emmelie de Forest won the event, watched by around 125 million people across Europe, with 281 points while German act Cascada was 21st out of 26 countries, getting just 18 points from Austria, Israel, Spain, Albania and Switzerland.

"There's obviously a political situation to keep in mind - I don't want to say 'this was 18 points for Angela Merkel'," said Germany's ARD TV network coordinator Thomas Schreiber. "But we all have to be aware that it wasn't just Cascada up there on stage (being judged) but all of Germany."

Merkel is popular in Germany for her firm position during the euro zone crisis. But she is loathed in parts of Europe for her insisting on painful austerity measures in countries such as Greece, Spain and Italy in exchange for rescue packages.

"It's unexplainable," said ARD expert commentator Peter Urban on Sunday after Cascada singer Natalie Horler was 21st even though German media had touted her as a favorite. More than 8 million Germans watched, a 44 percent market share.

"Is it that people just don't like us?" Urban was asked on ZDF TV. "There's some truth to that," he said.

"There will be two German soccer teams in the Champions League final next week and maybe people didn't want Germany to win Eurovision too."

(Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Alison Williams)

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probusnews wrote:
Perhaps given the circumstances Germany should quit the Eurozone and Euro currency and leave the French to fend for themselves in a game of pass the Para-shoot

May 19, 2013 9:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
oriste wrote:
Messieurs Thomas Schreiber and Peter Urban should be asked if they also think that “there is some truth the the fact that people don’t like” Spain and Ireland. These 2 had even less countries voting for them. That Reuters would cooperate with this bullshit and stoop to this level…

May 20, 2013 2:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ofilha wrote:
Mabye the song just stunk. Is it possible? The inverse of the Peter Urban’s comment is that maybe it’s the Germans that are paranoid and if they do not win everything then it must be a conspiracy.

May 21, 2013 9:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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