Merkel’s parrot and Super Armin – these were the funniest political photos of 2021

December 29, 2021 – 2:21 pm hour

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by Katherine Hazel

A turbulent year 2021 is drawing to a close. From the US presidential election at the beginning of the year to the federal elections in their country, which simultaneously heralded the end of the Merkel era.
In addition to the really big moments, there were also the little moments that didn’t just make the internet smile.

And if you say politics is boring and dry, these photos will show you that things can be very different. After all, we almost got a real superhero as a consultant. In addition, some colorful parrots have caused Angela Merkel’s chancellor to shake again in the past few days…

Bernie Sanders meme

Bernie Sanders at the inauguration of US President Joe Biden.

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The inauguration of the new US president may not have been the only highlight of the year for Joe Biden. His fellow party member Bernie Sanders almost stole the show from him. And completely indifferent: Sanders sits in the so-called “opening” in the rows of the audience on a black folding chair, cross-legged, densely wrapped in a warm jacket, and, above all – seemingly brown self-knitting glove. Sitting Bernie Sanders became a true internet star overnight. In several photo montages, Sanders suddenly finds himself next to Forest Gump on a bench, next to the American flag on the moon or on a lonely ice floe in the North Pole.

“I just sat there, trying to stay warm and pay attention to what was happening in front of me,” Sanders explains, completely unmoved after the internet hype. His staff showed him dozens of photomontages, he confirmed with a laugh.

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Laschet Wahl . Failed

Armin Laschet shows both crosses when elected.

Here they are, little crosses. Very clearly with CDU.

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Let’s move from American politics to Germany. Because that’s where things really went this year. For the first time, a woman and two candidates ran for chancellor in the Bundestag elections: Annalina Barbock, Armin Laschet and Olaf Scholz. On Election Day itself, things got really exciting. Not surprisingly, the candidates often vote for themselves, in fact it is not something to blame and also completely legal. That you can publicly admit that you voted for yourself, but no. Because that’s part of the secrecy.

Voting is still valid

Laschet votes on September 26, 2021, Germany, Aachen, polling station, federal election, CDU, Armin Laschet and his wife Susan vote at their polling station in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany *** Laschet vote 26 09 2021, Germany, Aachen, center Ballot, federation el

Caught in action! Does Laschet violate the secrecy of voting here?

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Big mistake by the candidate of the President of the Federation Armin Laschet. Which he should have been reprimanded by the local election officer: The former NRW Prime Minister should have gone back to the polling room to fold his ballot properly. But in hindsight: Once the vote is cast, it becomes true. But it did not matter: with Laschet, it was already clear how he would choose. But with or without your ballot: in the end, not a single vote changed Laschet’s path.

The return of “Super Armin”

Armin Laschet (CDU) with a cell phone in the Bundestag

How does he do that?!

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After a poll error (and another somewhat valid keyword “behaviour”: laughter), Laschet probably thought he should finally show himself from a good side and reveal his secret superpowers. The chance for chancellorship was already over by then, but it’s better to be late than no late!

On his first day as a member of the Bundestag, the “Super-Armin” shows what he has: making calls without even having to hold the phone! Glue, extreme cheek adhesion, or superhuman strength: How Lachet defy the laws of gravity is still not entirely clear today…

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Selfie after secret negotiations

Memo - 28 September 2021, Berlin: Volker Wessing (lr), FDP General Secretary, Annalena Baerbock, Federal President of Alliance 90/The Greens, Christian Lindner, Chair of the FDP and Robert Habeck, Federal Co-chair of Alliance 90/The Greens arrive e

Volker Wesing, Annalena Barbock, Christian Lindner and Robert Habeck in a selfie.

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Nothing has been heard for weeks. And then suddenly there it was: the selfie. Consultations behind closed doors, most often in cameras. The two partners now in the Green Alliance and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) have made it really exciting after the successful elections. spoiled for choice: with whom to form a coalition? Under Jamaica with the Federation or the traffic light with SPD? All this was initially discussed in bilateral talks.

In the end, there was a harmonious result and an equally harmonious picture, which, with “small adjustments”, became a real Internet hit. Volker Wesing, Annalena Barbock, Christian Lindner and Robert Habeck smiling together at the selfie camera. In different versions, you can see her either visibly aging with wrinkles and a full white beard or visibly rejuvenated with silky smooth skin and no facial hair at all. Well, if this is not a good omen for a successful cooperation!

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Angela Merkel and the parrot

ARCHIVE - September 23, 2021, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Marlowe: Angela Merkel (CDU), Federal Chancellor, feeds and gets bitten by Australian lorises at Marlow Bird Park.  Photo: Georg Wendt / dpa +++ dpa picture radio +++

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This may not have been what Angela Merkel had envisioned for her exit from the big political stage. During her 16 years as chancellor, she bravely struggled with difficult rulers like Putin, Trump or Erdogan, but in the end she only got a few parrots screaming in fear.

But a farewell visit to Marlowe Bird Park in Merkel’s old precinct is part of a fitting farewell. Surrounded by dozens of macaws and colorful macaws, Merkel did well at first. But many of the colored birds do not seem to have any respect for a true German chancellor. “I’ve done really well with the parrots,” Merkel herself says of her appearance in the bird park.

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