“They mocked their customers as if they were already doomed …” says the front page of the German tabloid Bild this morning as it covers the controversy that has arisen out of the publication of The Anglo Tapes.
The Irish Independent’s revelations in recent days have made news around the world and today the German newspapers go big on the scandal with Bild including the story on its front page:
The headline, at the bottom of the paper’s front, reads: “Broke Irish bankers mock German customers” and notes that Anglo executives sang “Deutschland, Deutschland, uber alles” – an old, Nazi-era verse in the German national anthem.
Meanwhile, the usually more sedate Frankfurter Allgemeine has taken an event stronger line in which it basically says that the Anglo bankers and others should be put in a sack and beaten.
Gerald Berger Brown writes that the “arrogant brat” former Anglo employees, its donors (shareholders, bondholders and depositors), Irish government officials and the European authorities should be put in a sack and beaten with a stick “until the wail is unbearable”.