Merkel in Her Undies Drives Berliners Wild

Berliners fascinated by provocative billboard
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2009 4:50 PM CDT
Merkel in Her Undies Drives Berliners Wild
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech during the opening ceremony of the South Korean booth at the industrial fair in Hanover, Germany, April 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach)

(Newser) – A striking new ad featuring a drawing of Angela Merkel wearing only underwear has attracted the fascination of Berlin residents, the Local reports. Placed prominently in a busy shopping district, the billboard depicts Merkel with other figures from German politics—also in their skivvies—looking on. "The chancellor's office does not want to comment on the campaign," said a rep for Merkel.

It’s part of a campaign for an underwear company promoting a marketing scheme that allows shoppers to trade in their old underwear for a discount on a new pair. "The country needs new undies," the billboard says under the illustration of the pols.
(Read more Angela Merkel stories.)

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