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Author Charlotte Roche .
Author Charlotte Roche .
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Charlotte Roche offers German president sex for nuclear veto

The ‘Wetlands’ author said that she will sleep with Christian Wulff if he does not sign legislation that would extend the life span of Germany’s nuclear reactors.
Nov 20th 2010, 5:05 PM 1,957 1

AUTHOR CHARLOTTE ROCHE has made an unusual appeal to the president of Germany Christian Wulff in return for his refusal to sign legislation that would extend the life span of Germany’s 17 nuclear reactors.

“I’m offering to go to bed with him if he refuses to sign into law the extension of the country’s nuclear power stations,” she told Der Spiegel.

“My husband is in agreement. Now it’s just up to the first lady to agree to it,” she said – before adding: “I am tattooed.”

British-born Roche grew up in Germany, where she became widely known as TV presenter. She gained international attention for her worldwide bestseller novel ‘Wetlands’, which divided critics who could not agree on whether it was erotic literature or straightforward pornography.

The Guardian reports that Roche released a statement, in which she expressed deep concern about the future of the country and the future of her children – following the controversial announcement from the German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she planned to extend the lifespan of the country’s power plants by another 12 years.

Roche told a German radio station:

This year the government has radicalised me. Sometimes I could almost cry in anger … I’m totally against the fact that we’re producing terrible, fatal, poisonous rubbish, without knowing where to put it.

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s Social Democrat and Green government had set the wheels in motion for a phase-out of nuclear power within a decade, but Merkel’s about-face would mean the phasing out would be unlikely before 2035.

President Wulff can choose to back the German government legislation to extend the lifetime of the country’s nuclear power stations – or he can decide to send the matter to the Bundesrat, the upper chamber of parliament, which is unlikely to pass it.

Wulff is a member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union.

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