Video: Angela Merkel doused in beer

German Chancellor remains calm as waiter upends a tray of beer onto her back.

A video of a waiter spilling five glasses of beer on Angela Merkel has gone viral. The waiter serves her a glass of beer, when someone bumps into him causing him to upend his tray onto the German Chancellor's back.

 

Merkel gasps, then smiles and recovers. She gave a speech soon afterwards. This calmness was not in evidence in 2006, when George W Bush gave her an impromptu shoulder massage:

 

Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.

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Word of the week: Michellania


Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.

Usage: 

"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

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