In his speech in the German Bundestag, Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner alludes to Olaf Scholz’s eye patch. And it also makes the Chancellor smile.
The current appearance of Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), who has to wear a patch over his right eye because of a sports injury, has prompted friendly mockery from the coalition partners. At the beginning of his budget speech in the Bundestag on Tuesday, FDP leader Christian Lindner pointed out that he “also saw an unusual face in the plenary hall”. “The chancellor’s field of vision is temporarily limited to the right,” added Lindner – and alluded to the flap possibly obstructing the chancellor’s view of the AfD parliamentary group sitting on the right in the hall. “Perhaps he will find democratic solace in that,” said the finance minister. Scholz himself seems to take the situation calmly. “Thanks for the well wishes, looks worse than it is!” he wrote on social media, adding:
Chancellor’s eye patch causes a stir
Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens) also commented on the chancellor’s bad luck with injuries – and on his unusual appearance. “I think it looks threatening,” said Habeck on Monday evening at an event of the star about the Chancellor’s appearance. At first he thought Scholz’s eye patch photo was a joke: “At first I thought it was a collage and was supposed to be funny.” He then texted the chancellor, said Habeck. “I wished him a speedy recovery, but I didn’t ask what was going on behind the eye patch.” Government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said that the chancellor was doing well given the circumstances. “He was […] in a good mood, but still looks a bit battered.” The photo was published “so that everyone can get used to what he looks like in the next week or two”.
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Scholz was injured in a sports accident
Union faction leader Friedrich Merz wished Chancellor Olaf Scholz a speedy recovery after his accident while jogging. On behalf of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, he also wanted to “wish the Chancellor a good and speedy recovery after his sports accident at the weekend,” said Merz, who is also CDU chairman, on Monday before the first meeting of the Union faction after the parliamentary summer break in Berlin . He added: “I have already told him personally, but I would like to say it again from this point: get well soon.” CSU regional group chief Alexander Dobrindt joined the recovery wishes.
The 65-year-old Scholz fell while jogging at the weekend. After his fall, the Chancellor wears a black eye patch over his right eye because of his facial injuries.
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